On Wednesday, an event was held in Tokyo to announce production of Toshiaki Toyoda’s Crows EXPLODE, the first live-action film based on Hiroshi Takahashi’s popular “Crows” manga in 4 years.
Filming began on April 2. In an apparent reference to the new film’s diverse ensemble cast, who were in attendance in full costume, Toyoda compared the first two films to gyūdon (beef bowl) and the latest installment to sukiyaki (hot pot stew).
Once again the film is set at Suzuran High School, where delinquent boys constantly battle for supremacy and engage in gang wars with rival schools. Actor Masahiro Higashide was handpicked to play protagonist Kaburagi, a young man who transfers to Suzuran. Popular theater actor Taichi Saotome will play first-year student Ryohei Kagami, who aims to reach the top of Suzuran.
Yuya Yagira will play Toru Goura, a student who’s currently closest to the “top” of Suzuran.
The new film is set one month after Oguri’s character from the previous two films, Genji Takiya, graduates from Suzuran. Soon, third-year student Goura, transfer student Kaburagi, and first-year student Kagami become involved in a conflict with students from Kurosaki Industrial High School.
“Crows EXPLODE” will be released in 2014.