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The website for Takashi Miike's second prequel film to Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows fighting manga has posted a full, 90-second trailer. (In the linked page, select the "Trailers" button on the bottom right, and then select the center Japanese black text, "予告1.") Shun Oguri (Hana Yori Dango, Gokusen, Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie) will reprise his role of high school delinquent Genji in Crows Zero II, which is set eight months after the first schoolyard-brawl film as Genji faces graduation. The earlier teaser trailer, including its brief animated opening, is still hosted on the same website. The film will open in Japan on April 11.
The DVD of the first film will be distributed in North America in March by Media Blasters. The original Crows manga ran for 26 volumes, and its sequel, Worst, was partially published in English by Digital Manga Publishing. Crows has also been adapted into a two-episode OVA, 1994's Koukou Butouden Crows.
Image © 2009 Hiroshi Takahashi/Crows Zero II Production Committee
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