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映画 クロサギ (Kurosagi – The Movie)


悲しみも喰らって、生きる。

After having escaped the law ‘unscathed’, with the help of Katsuragi, Kurosaki, or Kurosagi, continues working for him, buying Shirosagi’s who have betrayed the rules of the ‘game’. Katsuragi, realizing the secret to Hayasa’s pickles, shifts to a different hobby: the game of Caesar and Brutus.
Growing tired of the small fries Katsuragi has been selling him, Kurosagi asks for a more challenging opponent. The next target, Ishigaki Tetsu, though seemingly easy to hook initially, proves to be more than a match for Kurosagi, due to his extensive experience in bankrupt fraud, and even having turned Japan’s economy back by 10 years.
But this time, Kurosagi isn’t just fightng for his own pride. He needs the sum of 50 million-yen for the surgery of a child he knows through Katsuragi, and he has only less than 3 days to swindle every cent.

This movie serves no closure to Kurosaki’s story, nor even advance towards it (to my slight frustration).

It is just about a scam Kurosagi takes on that is bigger, more intricate, and more time-consuming. That’s all.
About the cast, other than the leads, barely there. Horikita Maki had, like, only 3~4 minutes of screen time? Even worse for Ichikawa Yui, who had less than half of Horikita (though I would think that she doesn’t have to be in it at all…her part of the story’s over). As for Aikawa Sho, who plays Kashima, he only get to do his signature laughter once, and it was his longest scene in the movie.
But what I hate the most is that Shiraishi Yoichi, played by Katou Kouji and the only Shirosagi Kurosagi could not devour, got little screen time as well!! *bangs wall*

Kurosagi is the same old ‘black crane’ like back in the drama, which is not a bad thing, but still gets a little monotonous. He does get a little ‘advancement’ in his career: causing the death of a person. Yamashita Tomohisa displays his prowess in acting once again, and he got to show a little comedic effect too.
Katsuragi finally gives up his disgusting ways of spitting and tries something more ‘dramatic’, though it is more of ‘comedic’ to me (haha). Yamazaki Tsutomu once again shines as a funny old man who emits an aura of unspeakable danger/evil to the people around him.
As for the new prey this time, Ishigaki, played by funnyman Takenaka Naoto, is a charismatic man, and Takenaka pulls this off quite well. Despite his funny roles (which have been engraved into my brain), the way he carries himself, and especially his voice, they’re all just ‘saying’ ‘Trust me, and I will eat you alive’. 🙂

Well, the ending (or the beginning…I don’t like the idea of them doing the Naruto Shippuden crappy opening style) somewhat implies of more to come from our favorite swindler, though this is to be expected, since the manga has not ended yet.
Hope they do the next installment, be it drama or movie (I go for the former), much better next time.

Overall, I give a 3.5/5.0. 😦

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8 responses to “映画 クロサギ (Kurosagi – The Movie)

  1. MiSs YaMaPi Friday, April 10, 2009 at 1932

    im waiting 4 the movie
    ilove yamapi and maki alot
    iwish that they r acting at more dramas together

  2. MavericK Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 935

    Yeah, I agree with you on his acting.
    But there’s one major part in the movie that does not make much sense actually…no wonder how good Yamashita-san’s acting is…haha…

    You have to watch to know what I mean. 😛

  3. tokyokid07 - when you fall, rise up one at a time. Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 806

    Yamashita Tomohisa is a good actor, and I should probobaly watch this movie soon. You have a good review of the movie, so now I feel like watching it 🙂

  4. Random J Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 950

    It’s funny how Tsurara has the hair cut in the movie that Horikita Maki should have. 😛

  5. MavericK Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 744

    Haha…yeah, many people/fans of Kurosagi are complaining about Horikita-san’s hair. Well, for me, I’m still fine with it…but can kinda see in my head Kurosaki’s reaction when he first sees the hair…

    Speaking of which, dun think they show any interaction between Kurosaki and Tsurara in the trailer, just keep showing Tsurara smiling to herself…it would definitely suck if they do not even meet in the movie…
    Not quite possible right? 😛

    Takenaka-san is good, and funny…since most of his roles are comedic, which are perfect for him. Serious roles, can only recall his character in ‘Hotelier’ (didn’t watch the drama, just caught a glimpse of him while my friend was watching it).

    As for the drama, the beginning was indeed quite repetitive, since he just goes on to cheat his targets for almost the entire episode. But the love triangle (of sorts) between Kurosaki, Tsurara, and Yukari (argh) is introduced, and everything starts to become more interesting.
    Like Yamashita-san’s disguises best, and how he can complete the ‘package’ with his acting!

    And the ending is made to be open-ended on purpose…think they had planned to make a movie from the start. 🙂

  6. Random J Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 244

    They definitely should’ve given Maki Horikita a weave. The short hair isn’t doing it for me in “Kurosagi”. It’s hard for me to not see her as Ashiya with her hair in that exact same style. Yamashita Tomohisa has more hair than she does! *lol*

    It’s great to see Naoto Takenaka has a role in this film and a serious one at that. I’ve liked all of the roles I’ve seen him in so far, but I’ve only seen him play comedic, charismatic characters. (“First kiss” and “Nodame cantabile”)

    I’m not sure if I’m amped about the movie though. The series was good, but I REALLY had to force myself to get into it. It was only around episode 5 or 6 it started to hook me and in true J-drama fashion, the relationships weren’t fully established at the end. They need to fix that for the movie.

  7. MavericK Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 821

    Oh yeah, you watched Kurosagi!!!

    Of course Yamashita-san is handsome (even I think so…:P ), but in terms of looks, I’m going for Horikita-san!!! Acting-wise, Yamashita-san is definitely top-notch! 😀

    As for whether it’s gonna be showing in cinemas, of course! In Japan, that is…

    Singapore…like I said, my fingers are mangled…surely the government will come up with some lame excuse for not screening this movie in cinemas. For eg:
    -‘No, no, no. This movie promotes deception among people, which is detrimental to our society.’

    Pur-lease~! 😦

  8. eLaiNe Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 700

    oh my..i love kurosagi..like this show so much..i wanna watch the movie…..the main actor is so damn handsome lar..haha..is it going to be in the cinema next year?

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