Crows ZERO (2007) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Original Japanese Title: クローズZERO
Release Date: October 27, 2007
Directed by: Takashi Miike
Language: Japanese
Music by: Naoki Otsubo, The Street Beats
Starring: Shun Oguri, Shunsuke Daitō, Suzunosuke Tanaka, Sousuke Takaoka, Kyōsuke Yabe, Takayuki Yamada, Kenta Kiritani, Tsutomu Takahashi, Kaname Endo, Yusuke Kamiji, Yusuke Izaki, Hisato Izaki, Dai Watanabe, Motoki Fukami, Yo Koyanagi, Yutaka Matsushige, Sansei Shiomi, Kenichi Endo, Goro Kishitani, Meisa Kuroki

Genji Takaya (Shun Oguri) was transferred to Suzuran High School and vowed to conquered Suzuran High School. This dream was revealed when Genji’s yakuza father – Hideo (Goro Kishitani) said that he was once a Suzuran High’s student and he cannot conquerd the hill and he wants his son to do so before he can take over the family business.

Genji first encounter with Serizawa when Serizawa was tailed by a police inspector before crashing into the school field. Ken Katagiri (Kyosuke Yabe), one of the yakuza mob ran away from the scene when the police handcuffed Serizawa.

Unbeknownst to him,  Suzuran High School is led by one of the biggest and notorious group known as the Serizawa Army with their leader, Tamao Serizawa (Takayuki Yamada).

Yakuza rookie,  Katagiri befriended with Genji and teach him how to be brave and bold to take control of Suzuran High by beating up the class leader and convincing them to join them.

Though reckless, he managed to get some gangs to be under him. He even convinced Takashi Makise (Tsutomu Takahashi) by setting him a group date. Although he failed to get a date with all the weird occasion – he still made up his mind to support Genji.

In a bar occasion, Ruka greets Genji

Genji meets beautiful bar waitress, Ruka Aizawa (Meisa Kuroki). Ruka’s falls for his masculiness but decline his violence behavior and involvement with the idea of ruling the school.

Genji (Shun Oguri) and GPS heading to Suzuran High School for a final showdown with the Serizawa Army

In the end, Genji had Makise and Izaki (Sousuke Takaoka) create  GPS (Genji Power Seiha) on his side to defeat the Serizawa Army and Mikami brothers ( twins Yusuke and Hisato Izaki).

With lots of thunder roaring and bashing, the war between two rival gangs was a battle to the last with Genji succeeding the battle against Serizawa Army and declared as the new leader of Suzuran High School.

The film ends with the scene which is also the introduction scene where Ken Katagiri being shot by his yakuza boss for disobeying orders which is to kill his rival Hideo’s son: Genji to end the heir line.

Reviewer’s Note:
Based upon an epic manga by Hiroshi Takahashi – Crows depict the life and violence of all-boys school trying to be the best leader and fighter in the school. The School of Crows otherwise known as Suzuran High School is one of the worst school in Tokyo.

However, director Takashi Miike’s Crows ZERO tells the story before the event in the on-going manga which is only known as Crows.

Crows ZERO is just the beginning to everything and has yet to see Genji and Serizawa graduating from the school. The battle results between Genji and Rindaman has yet to be resolved. And Ken’s death has not resolved as the film lead into its sequel in Crows ZERO II.

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