2007 japanese film
Crows Zero ( クローズZERO, Kurōzu Zero ), besides known as Crows: Episode 0, [ 2 ] is a 2007 japanese action movie based on the manga Crows by Hiroshi Takahashi. The film was directed by Takashi Miike with a screenplay by Shōgo Mutō, and stars Shun Oguri, Kyōsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, and Takayuki Yamada. The plot serves as a prequel to the manga, and focuses on the power fight between gangs of students at Suzuran All-Boys High School. [ 3 ] The film was released in Japan on October 27, 2007. It has spawned two sequels, Crows Zero 2 and Crows Explode, a well as a manga adaptation released November 13, 2008 .

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newly transferred senior high school school senior Genji Takiya ( Shun Oguri ) arrives at Suzuran All-Boys High School, an institution ill-famed for its population of fierce delinquents. During the freshman orientation course assembly, yakuza arrive at the school seeking vengeance on junior Serizawa Tamao ( Takayuki Yamada ) for assaulting some members of their gang. The thugs mistake Genji for their target and a brawl ensues on the school field. meanwhile, Serizawa is visiting his best friend Tatsukawa Tokio ( Kenta Kiritani ), who has just been discharged from a hospital. Upon returning to the school, Serizawa witnesses Genji kill the death of the yakuza. That night, Genji goes to a cabaret he frequents and meets R & B singer Aizawa Ruka ( Meisa Kuroki ). He then goes to see his church father, yakuza boss Takiya Hideo ( Goro Kishitani ), to whom he proclaims his ambition to conquer Suzuran, a feat which Hideo himself had attempted in his youth, but failed. Genji makes Hideo promise to acknowledge him as his successor should he succeed. The future day, Genji challenges Serizawa to a contend, but is halted by Tokio. He tells Genji that if he in truth wants to make an impression he should begin by defeating Rindaman, a fabled champion at the educate. After Rindaman refuses his challenge, Genji encounters Katagiri Ken ( Kyosuke Yabe ), one of the yakuza who ‘d come to the educate the former day. He attacks Genji in retaliation for getting his gang arrested, but is taken down with a single punch. Humbled, Ken goes with Genji to the club where they discuss the latter ‘s plans for Suzuran.

Following advice from Ken, Genji begins building his army, called “ Genji Perfect Seiha ” ( a.k.a. “ GPS ” ). Anticipating the brew conflict, Serizawa besides begins recruiting factions for his own cause. Genji succeeds in rallying several strong members, including Tamura Chūta, Makise Takashi, and Izaki Shun. Serizawa is alarmed by Genji ‘s rapid rise to power, but chooses not to take legal action. One of Serizawa ‘s lieutenants, Tokaji Yūji, is not so ambivalent and begins covertly attacking members of the GPS, hard beating Chūta and putting Izaki in the hospital. The provocations cause tensions between the two armies to rise drastically, but Genji is prevented from acting by Makise. One night, Tokio and Serizawa visit the cabaret and meet Genji. As Tokio runs interference between the opposing leaders, he suffers a seizure and is rushed to a hospital, where he learns that he has a cerebral aneurysm which requires operating room. Despite initial hesitation about the operation ‘s 30 % success rate, Tokio agrees to the mathematical process. Tokaji approaches Bandō Hideto, leader of “ The Front of Armament ” biker gang, with a design to kidnap Ruka and far exacerbate Genji. Elsewhere, yakuza boss Yazaki Jōji orders Ken to kill Genji, disregarding the fact that doing so will incite a war between the yakuza organizations. The tax proves to be excessively much for Ken, who has grown fond of Genji and begins lamenting his decision to become a yakuza in the first base place. He decides to inform Takiya Hideo of the plot to kill his son. Genji gets a call from Ruka, who tells him that she is being held hostage by men with skulls on their jackets, and that her captors mentioned the list “ Bandō ”. Surmising that her captors are The Armament, Genji gathers the GPS and proceeds to the biker gang ‘s headquarters. A fight ensues, but Genji soon realizes that the men they are fighting are missing their hallmark skull patches. Bandō demands an end to fight, revealing that he ‘d ordered the skulls be removed after contribution of The Armament aligned with Tokaji. After locating Tokaji and saving Ruka, Genji decides it ‘s ultimately time for war against Serizawa. They decide to fight at 5:00pm the succeed day, at the like time that Tokio will undergo his operation, with Serizawa believing it will allow him to fight aboard Tokio. The next day, as the struggle begins, the tide seems to be in Serizawa ‘s favor, but after Bandō ‘s faction of The Armament arrives and joins the GPS, the odds are evened out. The fighting continues until only Serizawa and Genji are left standing. interim, Ken is taken to the harbor to be executed for disobeying the order to kill Genji. Yazaki gives Ken his coat as a parting give before shooting him in the back. He falls into the water and begins to sink. Genji and Serizawa fight good into the night, and though hurt and exhausted, Genji finally gains the upper bridge player and victory. Clinging to consciousness, Serizawa receives a call from the hospital informing him that Tokio ‘s operation was a achiever. Back at the docks, Ken suddenly recovers and swims to the open. He discovers that the coat Yazaki had given to him was bulletproof, and that his “ execution ” was a gambit to allow him to leave the organization and live a different life. respective days later, Genji again challenges Rindaman, the final obstacle on his path to ruling Suzuran. Rindaman expresses his impression that Suzuran can never be truly conquer, and that there will always be person left to fight. The movie ends as the brush between Genji and Rindaman begins .

Characters [edit ]

Genji Perfect Seiha ( GPS ) [edit ]

  • Genji Takiya
  • Takashi Makise
  • Chuta Tamura
  • Izaki Shun

Serizawa Army [edit ]

  • Serizawa Tamao
  • Tatsukawa Tokio
  • Tokaji Yūji
  • Tsutsumoto Shoji
  • The Mikami Brothers (ex-members)

The Front of Armament ( second year, Biker Gang ) [edit ]

  • Bandō Hideto

Ebizuka Junior High Trio ( First Year ) [edit ]

  • Kirishima Hiromi
  • Honjō Toshiaki
  • Sugihara Makoto

Unaffliliated [edit ]

  • Rindaman / Hayashida Megumi

cast [edit ]

let go of [edit ]

The film was released in Japan on October 27, 2007. It was besides screened internationally in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong throughout 2008. The film was released on DVD in the United States on March 31, 2009.

reception [edit ]

Box office [edit ]

The film grossed US $ 22,036,607 worldwide. [ 1 ]

critical reception [edit ]

Reviews of the movie have been modal. Najib Zulfikar of Total Film gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, stating, “ Miike amps it all improving to 11 in his inimitable dash, as impossibly coiffured pretty boy duke it out and the Yakuza take an matter to in the consequence. sadly, the story ’ s so overpopulate it ’ south difficult to care who ’ ll exist to graduate. ” [ 4 ] Similarly, David Brook of Blueprint Review gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars indicating, “ adolescent boys will lap up every moment of it ( other than the songs which probably won ’ thyroxine appeal to many Westerners ) and the miss of obviously ‘ bad ’ and ‘ good ’ guys means the conclusion was n’t always going to be clear cut ( after an hour or so you can see where its head though ). ” [ 5 ]

Sequels and adaptations [edit ]

The movie was followed by two sequels : Crows Zero 2 ( besides directed by Miike ) in 2009 and Crows Explode in 2014. It was besides adapted into a manga illustrated by Kenichirō Naitō and published in Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine. [ 6 ]

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