Cromartie High: The Movie
Cromartie high the movie dvd
Japanese DVD cover
Directed by Yudai Yamaguchi
Produced by Chikako Nakabayashi
Shin Torisawa
Written by Manga:
Eiji Nonaka
Itsuji Itao
Shoichiro Masumoto
Music by Masamichi Amano
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Editing by Hirohide Abe
Distributed by Toei
Released February 25, 2005
Running time 110 min.
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Cromartie High: The Movie (魁!!クロマティ高校 THE MOVIE Sakigake!! Kuromati Koko: The Movie) is a 2005 Japanese comedy based on a manga series which was adapted to an anime series in 2003. It was directed by long-time cinematographer Yudai Yamaguchi.

History of Cromartie High (movie version)Edit

  • 1923
"Tokyo Prefuctural Senior School No. 49" is established. Shigenoshin Mizuhara made school's first principal in April. School destroyed by the Great Earthquake in September.
  • 1930
Tetsuharu Kawakami becomes boss of all school gangs. During one of his fights he left the famous words "I down tall buildings in a single pound."
  • 1944
School falls victim to the air raids of WWII and is demolished for the second time in its short history.
  • 1948
New School System introduced and school renamed "Tokyo Municipal High School No. 49".
  • 1950
Under Order No. 1 of the Tokyo board of education, school renamed "Tokyo Cromartie High School". School mysteriously destroyed for a 3rd time when somebody bombs it.
  • 1952
During official re-opening of school, a battle breaks out among students. In the ensuing riot, the school is destroyed for the 4th time.
  • 1956
At the opening for the new pool and gym students from another school break in. The damage is limited.
  • 1960
Cromartie holds the "1st Tokyo Metropolitan Gang Leader Conference".
  • 1968
Police called to graduation ceremony. The conflict begins as a five-on-five battle between students and officers but escalates. Eventually the riot squad arrives, leading to the school's 5th demolition.
  • 1977
Everyone simultaneously forgets the date for enrollment.
  • 1985
Janitor accidentally lets all the school pets escape. Principal shoots and kills the animals, leading to another school riot. The school is destroyed for the 6th time.
  • Current day
Cromartie High School re-opens for the 7th time.

Warren Cromartie LawsuitEdit

In 2005, former Yomiuri Giants player Warren Cromartie sued the makers of the film for using the name Cromartie to depict a school full of students who "smoke, fight with students from other schools and are depicted as ruffians", hence defaming his character with the association. They were forced to go to court 3 times to get an injunction before the matter was dropped.

Shooting NotesEdit

  • The shoot took one month, and was done in the middle of summer.
  • The opening scene was filmed in one continuous shot but it was later edited down, making the process pointless.
  • According to Yudai Yamaguchi, Tak Sakaguchi wasn't really into his role and didn't have his lines memorized because he wasn't the star, but informed the director he liked his character after seeing the completed film.
  • Between takes Takamasa Suga, Mitsuki Koga, and Hiroshi Yamamoto would act out scenes from the manga that weren't in the script to get into character.
  • Hiroyuki Watanabe brought his own wardrobe from home for the role of Freddy and lifted weights before every scene.

Gori & LlaEdit

The two ape villains that threaten the school Gori and Lla are not based on the characters from the original manga. They're characters who appeared in a sci-fi television show called Spectreman which aired in Japan from 1971-1972. The original creator of the manga, Eiji Nonaka, had this to say about the change: "Huh? Oh, really? That's amazing. Although I might not see it..."


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