Crows Explode (2014)

Elly, Motoki Fukami, Masahiro Higashide, Suzu Hirose, Ryusuke Ito, Takanori Iwata, Ryô Katsuji,
A new transfer student comes once again to a high school where violent fights among students is a way of life.
  • 5.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Hiroshi Takahashi, Writer:
  • Toshiaki Toyoda, Director:
  • Mataichirô Yamamoto, Producer:
5 / 10

Nowhere near the real crows

I am a big fan of this series and in fact have treasured the copies of first two movies as If it is my personal goldmine. I had waited patiently for the third movie for years. The last movie came out in 2009 and now its 2014 so imagine how long has it taken for the movie franchise to come out with a sequel but was it worth waiting this long? Absolutely not

First of all we have to deal with the absence of its original star casts like Shun Oguri as Takiya Genji and Takayuki Yamada as Serizawa Tamao. They had immortalized their characters and the entire franchise with their power packed fists and acting. The new release on the other hand does not have an impressive star cast. The franchise which is known for its action is what is lacking in this movie primarily.

If I am watching a movie from the crows series, I need to see some action but sadly the only action in this movie is right about at the beginning and at the very end and that too for a very brief second and long gone before you can even feast your eyes.

Masahiro Higashide as Kaburagi Kazeo is good with acting but bad with action. He does not impress with his action skills but Yuya Yagira as Goura Toru was still impressive and so was the character black dynamite (only for action). Kento Nagayama as Fujiwara Hajime has a meaty role in the movie but that is what is bothering me. It felt as if the whole plot deviation just took out the essence of the basic movie. A recurring character Rinda man was totally wasted with barely there presence

The movie franchise which entirely sprouted from its action sequences forgot that basic element in its new movie and instead diverted with a somewhat lukewarm performances and plot, totally disappointing the fans who have been dying for the sequel for a really long time.

4 / 10

Terrible....wasn't able to finish it

I knew that Takashi Miike wasn't involved with the title, so I kept an open mind when I started watching it. But the fact is this movie was horrible, and It felt like I have been watching this movie for 2 hours when I was only 60 minutes in.

First, the casting for this movie was horrible, none of the new actors looked like they are suited for their roles. They tried to do a more complex story but it wasn't captivating, and left out a lot of great character development that we saw in the previous 2 films. The bad storytelling also made a lot of the fights in the movie seem meaningless.

Most of the great elements in the series(not only the movies) that made Crows great are completely missing in this film. The moments in the previous movies that made you pumped up along with the great music that came on at the exactly right moments are gone. They tried to forced the issue in the movie with similar situation/music, but it just completely failed because I wasn't into the characters and the story. The fights were also extremely boring lacking the moments where they would pull off some sort of choreographed move.

There are a lot more reasons but those are some of the main reasons that I didn't like this film. I can't say that this is an unwatchable film, but all of the different things that they did very well in the franchise are all missing. So, I am guessing you might like it if you didn't like the first 2.

10 / 10

The Crows Explode(2014)

That Explode Crows name of the title of this film , a film which is a continuation of FilmCrows Zero and Crows Zero 2 , the film adaptation of Hiroshi Takahashi's comics artificial entitled " Crows " . Explode Crows movie still tells the story of high school students who aspire Suzuran to the school master. This time the story will revolve around Kaburagi (played by Masahiro Higashide), third graders who moved into Suzuran school and first year student named Ryohei Kagami (played by Taichi Saotome) who wants to be the strongest person in Suzuran. The story itself starts a month after graduation Genji Takiya, so it is rather difficult to expect the character of the two series

5 / 10

What went wrong?

Everything went wrong. Is this even same universe where Genji and Serizawa lives? Seems like not, because something is missing - the SPARKLE - they just lost it.

5 / 10


I'd like to think that Crows franchise isn't entirely about fighting and conquering Suzuran. What this one is lacking is that emotional aspect like us getting to know genji, serizawa etc and their characters + how they eventually lead Suzuran. You get what I mean? This one just gets on to the fighting real quick, there's too many cliques to focus on so you've lost me.