In Japanese with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Shun Oguri, Kyosuke Yabe, Takayuki Yamada,
Shunsuke Daito, Meisa Kuroki, Tsutomu Takahashi, Goro Kishitani
Runtime: 2 hrs 11 mins
Released By: Encore Films & Golden Village
Official Website: http://www.encorefilms.com/crowszero
Opening Day: 20 March 2008
The mega-hit comic, CROWS, about feuding high school tough
guys, has sold over 32 million copies in its eight-plus years.
This feature length movie version of "CROWS" depicts
the never-before-told origins of the story as "Episode
Suzuran Senior High School for Boys, nicknamed "The School
of Crows", is the poorest achieving, most violent school
in the country. The students are called "crows"
and they band together in factions, battling each other for
influence and power. But they all share a common goal ...
one that has never been reached in the school's history: unification.
No one faction has ever reigned supreme.
plays the role of Genji Takiya, a transfer student who attempts
to take over Suzuran Boys High School and is mentored by old
boy yakuza Katagiri (Kyosuke Yabe) as he faces off against
rival Serizawa (Takayuki Yamada).
What a difference an actor's choice in movies makes to his
career. Check out the example of Shun Oguri, Gigolo Wannabe-Hanazawa
Rui. I first noticed his performance in GTO, and what a fine
impression he made back in 1999 as the botak angry teenager.
Take on a few more Gigolo Wannabe roles and I assure you he
will be condemned as nothing but a pretty face.
is where Takashi Miike and Sukiyaki Western Django comes into
play. There is nothing like an up-and-coming director and
a quirky flick to cement his place as a credible actor. Shun
has turned out to be Miike's muse somewhat (banish the gigolo-wannabe
thoughts) and was impressive again in Crow's Zero.
an original script the movie is choppy at places, but the
breakneck pacing and many fights to pulsing rock beats more
than made up for the scattershot story. Beyond the constant
fights, the tough fighters are sensitive and all soft inside,
and this accounted for some of the emotional heft this movie
carries. All the male actors carried off their roles very
well, and this included looking fierce, looking in pain and
looking lost. On the other hand, Meisa Kuroki, the nominal
female lead, needs to put on only one the last look for the
show, and guys can interpet the same look any way they want.
Well, at least she gets to sing two songs for the flick and
dance around on the stage.
will squeal at the strapping Shin Oguri's Genji Takaya and
the boys will be thrilled by the movie's non-stop machismo
posturing and testosterone rush, with a few dirty jokes thrown
in. The gritty brown cinematography and stylishly vandalized
classroom settings are a real treat for dudes looking for
a visual spectacle. The action sequences are top-notch and
really indebted to Bollywoodish over-dubbing of punches and
out for the stylish variations of the Japanese high-school
uniform look (no less than 17 different looks, and what's
with the bird flu mask? I want one too!) - a sartorialist-wannabe
would be pleased at the slashing silhouettes and the duck-like
waddle that every yakuza-wannabe ah beng should pick up. There
is something in this flick for everyone, and it was thoroughly
(I'm off to find the Crows manga!)
Review by Tyler Lim