Mark Schilling reviews Takashi Miike's 'Crows Zero II'. We are sooooo jealous...

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Mark Schilling reviews Takashi Miike's 'Crows Zero II'. We are sooooo jealous...

If you've been around these parts long enough you know we're big fans of the first Crows Zero film. It was only a matter of time after the success of it around the world that the next obvious step was to prepare the sequel. We giggled like little school girls as each subsequent trailer came out. And it opens in Japan this weekend! So cue in Japan Times writer Mark Schilling to give us the skinny on this anticipated sequel...

As in the first film, the brawls are nearly nonstop, though the strobing has been toned down and the violence amped up. The action is, accordingly, more realistic, right down to the gory-looking makeup and bone-crunching sound effects. Also, the group battle scenes, with hundreds of punks whaling on each other, have a scale and impact reminiscent of the gaudier clashes in "Braveheart," though no one gets their head lopped off with a sword.

...Miike directs with an energy, velocity and cheeky bravado that are pure punk. He also understands why his Suzuran toughs fight as easily as they breathe — it's not just a release for their raging hormones, but a way of being with their friends and telling the world they exist. Even with the bashed heads, they are alive in a way their better socialized contemporaries, the video-game warriors included, will never understand.

You can find the full review at the link below, trailers after the break and a special video of one of the artists featured on the soundtrack!

Another reason why CZII is going to kick all sorts of ass? Japan's got 11 year old girls like Namiki Ruri who can kill it on guitar and are on the soundtrack. Thanks to Jason Gray for the heads up on this!

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anton_esApril 10, 2009 6:34 PM

holy sh.....
i saw crows zero on the first english friendly dvd and had to show it to all my friends !
there was such an energy and dynamic in the movie, nobody else could have done it than miike. this guy just knows what makes my punk-anarchistic-rebel-against-the-system-raise-your-fist-like-you-just-don't-care heart pounding. hearing those words about Crows0 II fills me with joy. I just returned from japan (whole march) and the constant teasing by the Crows0 II posters was almost unbearable. the 7/11s had their own Crows-flags out in the open (thought about stealing one) but in the end we got some small-sized posters for free in a shopping mall. bring me the dvd, I think i'm gonna look deep in my wallet for this one and get the japanese one as soon as it's out (and features subtitles of course)

sarkoffagusApril 10, 2009 7:31 PM

anton_es, if the DVD is too much, I can go in on it with you, 50/50. Naturally we'll have to share the DVD, so I can get it on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and you can have it the rest of the time.

tinmannApril 11, 2009 12:13 PM

I guess by the time I saw Crows Zero I was pretty much burned out on Miike and I really didn't get into it as much as his earlier films but I'll try to be open minded when I do get a chance to see the latest.