Sakigake!! Cromartie High The Movie (Normal Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles) DVD Region 2
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Things get even weirder when a flying saucer comes to Cromartie High and aliens start taking over and abducting people! Sure, all hell breaks loose, but for the hilarious hooligans of Cromartie High, it's just another normal day at school! But will out-of-place everyman Kamiyama be able to survive in the crazy world of Cromartie High? The answer to that question just might surprise you! Filmmaker Yamaguchi Yudai succeeds brilliantly in taking on the unenviable task of translating Cromartie High School's unique sense of humor to the big screen. The film's episodic, sketch comedy-feel, along with its patently absurd and hilariously deadpan sense of humor should win fans among the Monty Python and Late Night with Conan O'Brien crowd. Just like the manga and anime series that preceded it, Sakigake!! Cromartie High The Movie is an uproarious comedy that has to be seen to be believed!
|Product Title:||Sakigake!! Cromartie High The Movie (Normal Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles) 魁!! Cromartie 高校 The Movie (普通版) (日本版 - 英文字幕) 魁!! Cromartie 高校 The Movie (普通版) (日本版 - 英文字幕) 魁！！クロマティ高校 ＴＨＥ☆ＭＯＶＩＥ THE ★ MOVIE（通常版） Sakigake!! Cromartie High The Movie (Normal Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)|
|Artist Name(s):||Suga Takamusa | Koga Mitsuki | Takeda Shinji | Itao Itsuji | Kaneko Noboru | Hiroshi Yamamoto | Takayama Yoshihiro | Watanabe Hiroyuki 須賀貴匡 | 虎牙光輝 | 武田真治 | 板尾創路 | 金子昇 | 山本浩司 | 高山 善廣 | 渡邊裕之 须贺贵匡 | 虎牙光辉 | 武田真治 | 板尾创路 | 金子昇 | 山本浩司 | 高山 善广 | 渡边裕之 須賀貴匡 | 虎牙光揮 | 武田真治 | 板尾創路 | 金子昇 | 山本浩司 | 高山善廣 | 渡辺裕之 Suga Takamusa | Koga Mitsuki | Takeda Shinji | Itao Itsuji | Kaneko Noboru | Hiroshi Yamamoto | Takayama Yoshihiro | Watanabe Hiroyuki|
|Director:||Yamaguchi Yudai 山口雄大 山口雄大 山口雄大 Yamaguchi Yudai|
|Publisher Product Code:||KIBF-353|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004082205|
山口雄大 (監督) / 板尾創路 (構成) / 須賀貴匡 / 虎牙光揮
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2005
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How on earth can one adequately describe the appeal of Sakigake!! Cromartie High School to the unitiated? Whether it's Eiji Nonaka's original manga, the animated series, or this, the live-action feature film adaptation, trying to get across exactly what's so great about Cromartie High School is most likely an exercise in futility. But in the spirit of the film's unflappable protagonist, I'll go ahead and give it a shot. Take the insanity of the most "out there" Late Night With Conan O'Brien sketch, add the silliness of Monty Python, and set the whole thing in a Japanese high school full of the worst delinquents imaginable, and you'll have some idea of what this deliriously entertaining film is all about. Even then, however, I'm only scratching the surface.
As in the manga, the film's hero is Takashi Kamiyama (Suga Takatomi), an honors student who actually chooses to attend Cromartie High School, the worst school in all of Japan, based on some entirely noble, yet hilariously flawed premises. Like his manga predecessor, Kamiyama wants to turn the school around, attacking the project with a sincere sort of earnestness that is as charming as it is downright hilarious. But Kamiyama's got his work cut out for him, as he's surrounded not only by utter morons, but by a few untraditional students as well. There's the mute, perpetually shirtless Freddie Mercury look-alike named, appropriately enough, Freddie. A man of few - actually no - words, Freddie often pals around with a gorilla, who also attends classes at Cromartie High. And then there's the robot named Shinichi Mechazawa who doesn't realize that he's a robot. Oh, and he has a little brother. Still with me?
The film is constructed much like the manga - as a series of vignettes and comedy sketches, loosely connected to form an overall narrative, although to suggest that Cromartie High School has a unifying story or theme, one would have to make sense of the film's final act when a flying saucer lands, piloted by two gorilla-like aliens. Their mission? To take over the school and brainwash the already brain-dead populace into becoming Shaolin monk supersoldiers. Why? I'm not sure, but I almost snorted root beer out my nose when the 36th Chamber of Shaolin parody kicked in. Nevertheless, the responsibility falls on fish-out-of-water everyman Kamiyama to rouse up the troops - the snobby Hokuto (Noburo Kaneko), the ever-observant Hayashida (Mitsuki Koga), the nickname deprived, mother-resembling Maeda (Hiroshi Yamamoto), and the rest of the Cromartie gang - to fight off this intergalactic evil.
Although there are quite a few spot-on translations from manga to film, not everything in Sakigake! Cromartie High School made it to the big screen intact. Whereas a lot of the comic book's comedy relied on the discrepancy between the tough guy Crying Freeman-style depictions of the characters and their loony remarks, the film version cast doesn't look quite as fierce. Even so, there's an added layer of comedy to see a bunch of not-so-tough guys act like they are, only to undercut it with idiotic, even cowardly behavior. Again, the humor is tough to describe. Sometimes, even a wordless scene makes for comedy gold. Case in point: something as simple as how Freddie and the gorilla are reclining while watching TV can elicit a few belly laughs. Or when an obviously thirtysomething actor is introduced via title cards as a sixteen-year-old kid - hilarity ensues.
If, and that's a very big IF, some of what's been mentioned here appeals to you, then Sakigake! Cromartie High School could very well be your cup of tea. Although the film seems squarely aimed at diehard fans, I can see how the live action version, as weird and seemingly inaccessible as it may be, could serve as a primer for non-fans, converting newbies to the cause, or at the very least, convincing them to seek out the source material. And well it should since, as devotees of the series already know, Cromartie High School is deranged, deadpan comedy at its best.
Review By Calvin McMillin
Customer Review of "Sakigake!! Cromartie High The Movie (Normal Edition)(Japan Version - English Subtitles)"
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December 18, 2006
This customer review refers to Cromartie High School - The Movie (Hong Kong Version)
|This movie is very very weird. The directors approach on comedy has to be the most outrageous I have ever seen. I bought this specific edition. Well worth the money I spent. A piece of advice to my fellow customers if you have to read the subtitles... rewind the scene and just watch the movie I assure you , you won't regret that decision.|