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Crows Zero 2

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Crows Zero 2

(Kurozu zero II)

Canadian Premiere

  • Japan 2009
  • 133 min
  • 35mm
  • Japanese with English subtitles
Official Selection, Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Pusan International Film Festival 2009


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"Miike directs with an energy, velocity and cheeky bravado that are pure punk" — Mark Schilling, JAPAN TIME


Director: Takashi Miike
Screenplay: Shogo Muto, from Hiroshi Takahashi
Cast: Shun Oguri, Shunsuke Daito, Suzunosuke Tanaka, Sosuke Takaoka, Kyosuke Yabe
Producers: Mataichiro Yamamoto
Print Source: TBS



If it ain’t broke, don't fix it. That seems to be the motto for Takashi Miike's CROWS ZERO 2. In 2007, the Japanese maverick behind IZO, ONE MISSED CALL and ICHI THE KILLER had his first-ever chart-topping film when the original CROWS ZERO, a live-action prequel to a popular manga and anime series, dominated the Japanese box office with its story of teenage thugs battling it out for high school supremacy. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, and with a huge amount of source material to draw from thanks to the ongoing manga, the producers rushed a sequel into production and now CROWS ZERO 2 has arrived.

All the elements that made the original CROWS ZERO are back in full effect here. Shun Oguri returns as Genji, still atop the high school hierarchy with the help of his motley gang of friends. But when you're on top, all sorts come gunning for you and the challenge this time comes not from climbing the school hierarchy but protecting it from an outside threat, a gang of violent skinheads with an eye for expansion. The only way to settle this is with their fists...

One of Takashi Miike's under-appreciated talents is his gift for working with young actors, consistently drawing out strong performances and heartfelt emotion. It began with the YOUNG THUGS films and continues right through these new CROWS ZERO pictures, for the very simple reason that he understands and loves his scrappy protagonists. As stylishly violent as these films are, they are never about the violence itself but about the characters’ struggle to feel and be recognized, an energetic celebration of life free of the constraints of civilization and society. These are youth demanding to be recognized and if they have to bloody a nose or two to accomplish that, then so be it.

—Todd Brown

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