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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:
Shunsuke Daitô Shunsuke Daitô ... Hiromi Kirishima
Kaname Endô Kaname Endô ... Yuji Tokaji
Erina Erina ...
Motoki Fukami Motoki Fukami ... Megumi Hayashida
Hisato Izaki Hisato Izaki ... Go Mikami
Yûsuke Izaki Yûsuke Izaki ... Manabu Mikami
Yûsuke Kamiji Yûsuke Kamiji ... Shoji Tsutsumoto
Kenta Kiritani ... Tokio Tatsukawa
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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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There's no such thing as a fair fight.

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Action | Thriller

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Followed by Kurôzu Explode (2014) See more »

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be cool
11 October 2008 | by RResendeSee all my reviews

This is fully based on style. It's an exploration of what it means, in a certain moment in time, in a certain culture (arguably global...), to be cool.

Everything here is designed to look cool. In fact, whenever we hear about wanting to 'rule' the school, what's in fact at stake is being the coolest there. The fighting is a fundamental issue of that coolness, the best fighters gain admiration, not for their physical skill but for the coolness with what they get out of the situations - even when Genji is defeated after fighting dozens at the same time, he falls in a cool way. To underline this, we come to understand that in fact the strongest guy in the school was in fact away from the main disputes all the way, probably because he is not cool, in the notion of the cool guys (he is cool in his uncool way).

This is a thin notion, which probably will appeal to a teen mind (with 24 i'm not quite sure yet if i've ever been a teen). This film gets away with that single thin notion because it is able to support it visually. The director knows a few things about framing and pace, even though he doesn't take many risks (or none at all) in how he shoots the fights.

In a way, this is no different, in root, of series like Rambo, the filmography of Chuck Norris or the urban hip-hop acting pose. Different moments in time, and different places on earth, and an important element: this film doesn't take itself seriously, as the others do. This is all staged, and that's clear to us, and it's OK. The comedy bits exist to underline this. Also the parody of the Yakuza, as inferior guys who get beaten up by the school kids.

My opinion: 3/5

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