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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Crow Zero -クローズ Zero Screen Caps

Yakuza screw-up Ken Katagiri played by Kyosuke Yabe is executed and shoved from a dock, his dying thoughts are about a boy he’d recently met Genji Takaya played by Shun Oguri (Hana Yori Dango, Hana Kimi). The scene shifts to Suzuran Boys High School, A sign reads King of Suzuran, Tamao Serizawa. Genji climbs up to the sign, erases Tamao Serizawa and then adds his own name in its place. Inside the school the opening ceremony has begun and the teacher hands the mike over to the freshman class rep, when another student comes up on stage, kicks the class rep grabs the mike and gives his own speech about Suzuran and the rule of fists. Then a riot breaks out amidst the assembled students as the teachers comment on the spirit of the incoming freshman class. When another teacher rushes into the gym declaring big trouble, the yakuza have arrived on campus. The students stop fighting long enough to see what brings the yakuza to the school, they’re there to find a student Tamao Serizawa played Takayuki Yamada (Long Love Letter, Densha Otoko).

This is the opening movie in a manga adaptation being directed by directed by Takashi Miike, but it completely stands on its own. It’s very obvious that it’s source is from a manga by it’s over the top action and the close to indestructible bodies of the cast members. The punches by the key fighters are delivered with thundering blows that’d level a lesser man but these guys just keep standing there and taking it. A scene that I particularly enjoyed was the human rooftop bowling, with the strike delivered like something straight from the comics. I’m not a big fan of yakuza movies I usually find them boring and the characters less then interesting but this movie surprised me, not only did I enjoy the characters, it was a whole lot of fun. I’d recommend this to fans of delinquent dramas like Gokusen or Rookies.

This was announced yesterday.
Crows Zero" sequel confirmed
Last year's hit manga-to-film adaptation "Crows ZERO" has been confirmed to be getting a sequel, it was learned on Monday. Director Takashi Miike is again taking the helm, and popular actor Shun Oguri is reprising his role as the protagonist Genji Takaya.
Oguri has already begun training for the movie, which starts filming in July. The story is set about 8 months after the first movie. Genji is close to graduation at Suzuran High School, but one last matter must be settled with a rival school.
According to producer Mataichiro Yamamoto, there was never any intention to end the story after only one film. However, this sequel is reportedly the story's conclusion. Kyosuke Yabe is also returning, though other cast members from the first movie (such as Takayuki Yamada) have not yet been mentioned.
"Crows ZERO 2" will open in 2009. from Tokyograph

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Blogger Emilie said...

I've seen this movie.violent-a**kicking but good.

5/14/2008 07:40:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@Emilie violent-a**kicking but good

I agree it's is very violent but it's an over the top comic book violence that really entertaining.

5/14/2008 02:19:00 PM  

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