Idiosyncratic Japanese auteur Takashi Miike
offers another meditation on a violent culture in this teen-themed thriller. Genji Takaya (Shun Oguri
) is a teenage troublemaker whose father, Hideo (Goro Kishitani
), is a high-ranking member of the yakuza. Genji is a new student at Suzuran Boys' High, a educational facility for juvenile delinquents nicknamed "The School for Crows," and he's determined to make a name for himself as someone who doesn't back down from a challenge in order to impress both his father and his new classmates. Not long after arriving on campus, Genji comes to blows with Ken Katagiri (Kyosuke Yabe
), who thinks at first that the new kid is someone else. Genji beats Ken into submission and wins his grudging respect, but when word gets out about the fight, Genji finds every tough guy in the school is waiting for his turn to show Genji who's boss, with the leader of the school underground empire, Tamao Serizawa (Takayuki Yamada
), waiting at the end of the line. Kurozu Zero
(aka Crows: Episode 0
) was the third feature released in 2007 by the prolific Takashi Miike.