Blabbering of a Fool
映画 クロサギ (Kurosagi – The Movie)
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. 😦