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Crows Zero (2007)

Kurôzu zero (original title)
A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Hiroshi Takahashi (comic), Shôgo Mutô (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shun Oguri ... Genji Takaya
Kyôsuke Yabe Kyôsuke Yabe ... Ken Katagiri
Meisa Kuroki ... Luca Aizawa
Takayuki Yamada ... Tamao Serizawa
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi ... Yoshinobu Kuroiwa
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Joji Yazaki
Gorô Kishitani ... Hideo Takitani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Buchholz ... George Yazaki (voice)
Shunsuke Daitô Shunsuke Daitô ... Hiromi Kirishima
Mari Devon ... Seiko (voice)
Peter Doyle Peter Doyle ... Ken Katagiri (voice)
Kaname Endô Kaname Endô ... Yuji Tokaji
Doug Erholtz ... Hideto Bando (voice)
Erina Erina ...
Motoki Fukami Motoki Fukami ... Megumi Hayashida
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Storyline

The 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. Genji Takiya, a transfer student who attempts to take over Suzuran Boys High School and is mentored by old boy yakuza Katagiri as he faces off against rival Serizawa. Written by Anon

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Taglines:

There's no such thing as a fair fight.

Genres:

Action | Thriller

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 October 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Crows Zero See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 397,319,418 (Japan), 28 October 2007, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,883,315
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The band that perform this movie's theme song is The Street Beats. Hiroshi Takahashi, the author of the manga Crows where this movie is based on is actually The Street Beat's fan. See more »

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Referenced in Mad Dog Express (2019) See more »

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Not just another high school violence movie
20 April 2008 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

Personally, I'm not a Miike Takashi fan, and I usually dislike these "Furyou" (deliquent high schooler) genre films, but it was surprisingly enjoyable film even for me.

The plot is quite typical of high school movies. Genji (Oguri Shun), a son of yakuza boss must achieve an unprecedented unification of notorious Suzuran High School (AKA: Crow's High School) in order to take over his father's position. Genji soon finds the strongest guy in the school: Serizawa (Yamada Takayuki), who was also set to conquer all other classes. Genji challenges Serizawa to a duel, but of course, being a newcomer that he is, wasn't taken seriously at first. Genji then seeks help and builds up his own army while defeating other minor 'bosses', and eventually a showdown with Serizawa in his journey to the top of Suzuran High.

The story for this film is extremely well-designed, with excellent flow from beginning to the very end. What I especially liked about this movie is that it was more than just random violence by bunch of kids trying to look badass. Although it IS action packed, the main theme of this film is school politics and friendship. Oguri Shun's character developed very well, from a clueless kid to a leader backed by many trustworthy friends.

Cinematography for this film was extremely well-done, from school to the streets, you can tell the production crew paid attention to the tiniest detail in every single scene. Action was also very well-directed for an exciting 2 hours. I thought it was even more visually pleasing than Miike's "Ryuu ga Gotoku".

Casting for this film is absolutely incredible. I recognized so many faces, many who established themselves in yakuza or delinquent roles, but the most pleasant surprise was Yamada Takayuki, who had his share of dark roles in the past, but never a violent one such as this, and possibly the first as a villain. I've never thought him as a wild type, but he was so cool as a villain and gave his character really big presence in this film. I'm still not convinced with Oguri Shun's acting or his role as a violent punk student, but he seemed to be less out of place as he was in "Hana Yori Dango" dorama series. All the other cast did what they do best, and a very high level of acting overall.

Although I haven't read the manga series, this prequel was very easy to follow. It's impossible to take away the cheesiness associated with manga-adaptation or high school violence, but it was an extremely well-directed action movie with a meaningful message.


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