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Crows Explode (2014)

Kurôzu Explode (original title)
A new transfer student comes once again to a high school where violent fights among students is a way of life.


Toshiaki Toyoda


Hiroshi Takahashi (manga)




Credited cast:
Elly Elly ... Yamashita
Motoki Fukami Motoki Fukami ... Megumi Hayashida
Masahiro Higashide ... Kaburagi
Suzu Hirose ... Mie Uchida
Wataru Ichinose Wataru Ichinose ... Shuji Taira
Ryusuke Ito Ryusuke Ito
Joey Iwanaga Joey Iwanaga ... Maru-ken (as Joey Tee)
Takanori Iwata Takanori Iwata ... Hiroki Shibata
Ryô Katsuji ... Kenichi Ogisu
Kenzô Kenzô ... Tetsuji Takagi (as Kenzo)
Shûichirô Masuda Shûichirô Masuda ... (as Shuichiro Masuda)
Kento Nagayama ... Fujiwara
Taichi Saotome ... Ryohei Kagami
Tsutomu Takahashi Tsutomu Takahashi ... Takashi Makise
Kyôsuke Yabe Kyôsuke Yabe ... Katagiri, Ken
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Next Gen - different but good
3 November 2014 | by genji-hth-106-891191See all my reviews

I am gonna come right out and say it: "Crows Explode" is my favorite entry in the Crows-franchise.

When I heard the news about a new Crows movie I was excited. Even more so when it was clear that Toshiaki Toyoda will be in the director's chair. I really enjoyed the previous Crows movies and Toyoda's "Blue Spring". They show a very unique, if stylized, filmic portrayal of the high school delinquent topic.

The combination of Toyoda and Crows works perfectly and results in a Crows movie that really feels like a fresh take the material. Compared to its predecessors "Crows Explode" sticks more to the manga source material and presents a wider array of characters. Admittedly none of them sticks out the way Genji Takiya did but they don't need to. The story works even if the characters aren't as defined as in the previous Crows movies. Aside from that the story follows the same formula as before - nothing special here. The way the characters and locations are designed & presented feels even more stylized and over the top than before. But here it really works to the films advantage. I always felt like "Crows Zero" and "Crows Zero II" never quite managed to find the right balance between realism and the highly stylized action, weird Asian humor and exaggerated drama. Unfortunately "Crows Explode" lacks the humor completely.

But what I liked best were all these homages (small & big ones) to the first two crows movies and even "Blue Spring". From the soundtrack to the set design this film is overflowing with elements reminiscent of the franchise's history. Although I gotta say that I would've liked the soundtrack to be more extensive. Especially from Toyoda I expected "Crows Explode" to be exploding (pun intended) with all the timelessly cool songs from "The Mods", "Thee Michelle Gun Elephant" and "The Birthday". I mean they did it before and it worked great why make it different this time?

It's kind of funny. I watched the first two movies while I was graduating from school myself so I basically grew with them. They taught me not to have any regrets for my youth and to stay loyal to the people that went on the journey of growing up together with me. It also taught me that we will all have to grow up eventually but should never forget where we once came from. I'd like to see this recent entry in the franchise teaching these principles to a new generation of young viewers who now stand where I stood before them. And I gotta say so far it does this fairly well.

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