Crows ZERO II (クローズ ZERO 2)
One of the better films from 2007 would be Takashi Miike’s “Crows: Episode 0″ and the sequel, “Crows Zero 2,” is getting closer to its release date – April 11, 2009 to be exact. “Crows: Episode 0″ offered an insane amount of action (fights! fights! fights!) mixed in with Miike’s distinctive eye for blending the manga world into the cinema world.
The sequel to Takashi Miike’s Crows Zero live-action film adaptation of Hiroshi Takahashi’s Crows manga has been green-lit. Shun Oguri will reprise his role of high school delinquent Genji in the tentatively titled Crows Zero 2, and has begun training for the July start of principal photography. The story will take place eight months after the first film as Genji faces graduation.
Fans of the original film will also be happy to hear that most of the original cast members will be coming back in “Crows Zero 2″ as well. From Shun Oguri to Takayuki Yamada to Meisa Kuroki to Haruma Miura and on and on are all returning to reprise their respective roles. The report on the official site the is that conditions are hot but the cast has plenty of willpower and filming is progressing at a good speed.
The first film opened at #1 in Japan on October 27, and it eventually earned 2.5 billion yen (about US$25 million). Producer Mataichiro Yamamoto hopes that the second film will earn 3.5 billion (US$35 million).