Genji and friends are great teen cool cats who live to fight, and fight to live. Yet another Manga turned into live action (but is this just one for the boys?), Hard to say. What i liked about the film was that every gang had character, and there was no ripping off arms or spitting out teeth. The side stories of their friends (both Genji and Serizawa) added to the story, and the whole thing although juvenile, was well filmed with enough action and coolness to make you either root for Genji or Serizawa. It's really a movie for teenagers, and a few things don't make sense (like where's the teachers and education? Why bother turning up at all when you can walk out the gate?)But maybe the other kids are just too scared of their leaders not to turn up!
Pros - Cool gangs beating up each other....A pretty good Manga live film, 3 and a half stars.
Cons - Too much music at beginning and end. The last fight is ruined by showing a girl singing in a night club AS the boys have a punch up elsewhere! Would have liked some background on Genji and Serizawa. And what kind of school is this with no lessons or teachers? Would like to know why these kids think that fighting is the only thing worth doing....but i guess it's just a film.
The dvd frame seems a little slow in place ( I realize this is sometimes due to effects) but it seems a bit stutter y, and the picture isn't as crisp has i would like for a fairly new item - 2007. This was most noticeable on my first viewing. Also the disc although region 2 would only play on one of my four dvd players (no problem on computer). Hope the Blu-ray is better. Worth watching for something a little different.