HiGH&LOW (2015)

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The legend begins at a certain town that used to be under the rule of a legendary organization called "Mugen". And fighting against the rule of this town's overlords were two legendary brothers - the brutal and unbeatable Amamiya Brothers.
And during a deadly battle, somehow the Mugen was suddenly dispersed... In the aftermath of the chaos, five organizations emerged, with the aim to take control of that area. As a result, read morethis area came to be known as SWORD, an acronym attributed to the names of the five organizations, which all came to be referred to as "G-SWORD" accordingly. These 5 organizations include: the second generation of Sanno Shoten brawlers "Sanno Rengokai", the alluring white demons "White Rascals", the dark and brutal senior high school "Oya Koukou", the ghosts on the ruthless street "RUDE BOYS" and a group of vengeful destroyers "Daruma Gurentai."
These 5 gangs will put their pride on the line as they engage in a fierce battle for dominance! However, the plot thickens... a mysterious group called "MIGHTY WARRIORS" appears. And the question that everyone is asking now is, are they enemies or allies? What fate awaits this town.

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Apr 22, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10

Finally something decent (even more) for our hungry brain after Crows Zero era.
HIGH & LOW: The STORY OF S.W.O.R.D is a comprehensive entertainment project by EXILE TRIBE that encompasses various forms of content media. Aside from the members of EXILE TRIBE, there are a lot of high quality cast for this drama, not only actor & actress but also other musician read more & models. So visually, you will be pampered with a lot of candy eyes with great acting too.
As written in the synopsis, it’s all about fighting between organization in a certain town. But the core story in this first season is about friendship and brotherhood, and more like a prologue to introduce each organization and the story base. Later, there will be HIGH&LOW Season 2 and HIGH&LOW The Movie. Let me summarize all the organization first:

=Organizations Before SWORD=
In this story, MUGEN was told start from the second generation, led by Kohaku. Other main members: Tsukumo, Cobra & Yamato. The strongest organization.

Only consist two members, Amamiya Masaki (Kyaaa Takahirooo! *oops please excuse my fangirling) & Amamiya Hiroto. They’re fighting against Mugen.

Hyuga Group is a part of GURYU GROUP (I think Guryu Group is kind of strong group but in outside of Mugen’s domain) & they’re not that popular. Hyuga Group fought against Mugen in order to make their names well known, but Hyuga Group lost and abandoned by Guryu Group.

Or Hoodlum Squad, led by Cobra (ex Mugen). Other members are Yamato (ex Mugen), Noboru, Dan, Tetsu and Chiharu. Cobra, Yamato & Noboru are childhood friends. Sanooh doesn’t have specialty or aiming any particular thing, the association just made naturally by the members who are good in fighting.

Their specialty is always white (as white as their name XD). Led by Rocky, his main subordinates are Golden Bomber* members (Bito, Aizawa, Shimura & Enari). Despite being famous with their madness, White Rascal also known for always protecting woman who have been hurt by men.
*) A visual kei rock band

School of Yankees!. The leader or they rather call it as Class Rep (lol) is Murayama Yoshiki. Just as other typical Yankee school, the one who rule the school is the strongest one. Murayama Yoshiki played by Yamada Yuki, he can pull his yankee expression but his height sometimes a little bit distracted me. He looks much shorter & smaller than his friends, in contrary he is the the strongest and unbeatable.

They dominate and protect a Nameless Street, a town where people who abandoned by their parents lives, hidden and dirty. Led by Rocky played by Kubota Masataka (Kyaaa *oops once again please excuse my fangirling ;-). They declare themselves as a family who protect each other. Their specialty is parkour, this is that makes their fighting skill more artsy. This drama use a lot of camera angle, epic setting and a lot of ikemen with abs XD. Visually, I like this team, maybe because the members are actually athlete and model, whenever they walk together and make a way, it looks like they’re walking in runaway even with rag-like fashion that they wore, they can pull it off nicely. Kubota Masataka looks so charismatic with messy hair, too bad he has a weakness,what is that weakness? Well you better watch and check it by yourself :p.

Led by Hyuga Norihisa, forth son of Hyuga (played by Hayashi Kento). Alongside with Totetsu Brothers (Toutetsu Ukyo & Toutetsu Sakyo, both were kicked out from Mugen in the past) they formed Daruma Ikka to make a way for their revenge towards Guryu Group and the remaining Mugen member. I think this is the most unique organization. As their name, Daruma is their icon with blasting red color. Even when they fight, they’re using Daruma and drums as music accompaniment. Hayashi Kento looks deep but madly and vengeful here, for me it’s such a rare to see him in that kind of character, so it’s cool!.

=Organization Outside SWORD=
Iemura Group is one of the Guryu Group, the main leader is Iemura Tatsumi. With other 8 leads member, they’re called themselves as Nine Dragons. This organization is more like executive people who dominate a lot of field, including black market and greedy, so they own a lot of money. Basically they’re a bunch of rich uncles with suit and necktie.

Led by Ice. This organization hasn’t been told a lot in this season, their main movement will be told in season 2 later. So, more Exile Tribe member are coming, yaaaay!.

The one and only girl gang. 4 members, Junko as the leader (she's so cute and funny), Asuko and Twin Towers (member of E-Girls). I love these girl, they're so funny!

There are so much red line right? All SWORD organization make their own world, never touch each other in order to keep peace in the town. The main story is started in Sanooh, Sanooh is the center of the whole story that connects all of the organization. The conflict appeared between childhood friends (Cobra, Yamato and Noburu). Noburu who just released from prison, but rather than go back to Sanooh he joined to Iemura Group. Feel betrayed, Yamato tried to persuaded Noboru to go back to Sanooh. Because he knows that Iemura Group is greedy and merciless. Noboru is trusted by Iemura to take over SWORD authority, but each SWORD organization refuse. This situation raised misunderstanding and betrayal between them. In other story, Chiharu (before he joined to Sanooh), who is actually a student in Oya Koukou, beaten up by his fellows but then he was accidentally helped by Yamato. Chiharu pled to join Sanooh, but this makes a conflict between Oya Koukou with Sanooh.
With 23 minutes average duration, you can enjoy fighting scene around 50% of its duration with great music accompaniment. HIGH&LOW also contains some sentimental, sad and funny part.

The editing, I’m so sensitive when it’s come to this point whenever I watch movie/drama. HIGH&LOW succeed this series with dramatic color correction, point of view and angle for each organization differently which is emphasize each organization’s character.

The fashion, since there are big companies who backing up the casts, they give all out in fashion too. Each organization has their own fashion style. No matter how you look at them, it does look pricey and detail from head to toe. They use a lot of expensive motorcycle and cars. One more thing, all the cast are looks neat and clean, this is one of the reason that I enjoy this drama. Or maybe they‘re just handsome and charismatic :D.

And now about the music. The music itself plays as the biggest part here, it makes this drama looks more appealing and nice. In fact, EXILE TRIBE’s album is also part of this HIGH&LOW project. There is not much I can review here because it so cool and perfectly matched with the drama. It’s EXILE TRIBE you know, what do you expect is what will you get. Each organization has their own special music background. The combination between music, fashion, editing, camera view and the cast themselves makes this drama looks like a MV. I love to re-watch this drama especially in some part like when a certain organization present themselves with powerful soundtrack, or just enjoying the each actors acting, their close up face, their cool movements even their poses. Sometimes I feel like are they doing photo shoot or what??. Seriously, their visual is on high quality level despite this is about delinquent story.

And here the list of the songs that included in this drama, it could be more than this but these are so far that I know:

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Aug 1, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
If you are looking for an action drama (no romance).. this is the one for you.... it has to the point fighting, excellent parkour.... nice eye-candies (who doesn't like lots of good looking, silent, dangerous type guys?)....

and the music.. each gang has an excellent sound track linked... The characters are well defined... each gang has its own sets of rules (policies) that make people come together as a team... S believes read more in fighting to protect, W protects women, O (well its a high school, i never understand what kids fight for except for maybe just fighting), R are also all about protecting their family, and D.... what to say... they just fight (i still like the leader).....!!

I watched both the seasons back to back and did not regret even a minute of it..... overall the drama was awesome...!!! just waiting for the subbed version of the movie to be uploaded somewhere....

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The story revolves around several high school delinquents fighting to become the "top", but includes some romance and a more humorous tone as the main protagonist is a weak fighter with a strong will to never give up. The main cast of Sugarless are some of the same LDH talents that are in the HIGH&LOW series such as Shirahama Alan, Sano Reo, Machida Keita, Suzuki Nobuyuki, and Sato Taiki. The drama also has the same time format with each episode spanning around 20 minutes or so.
Recommended by Roxyone03
Although in no way does the brilliant cinematography of High&Low match the subtle ambiance here in Bad Boys J (and by that I mean, it feels more low-key than H&L. Yet, I do prefer H&L for its production value and music), these shows give off similar vibes. Kiriki reminds me a bit of a mash between Cobra and Yamato (some of the characters remind you of certain people in either show, I'm sure you'd see the connections!). Here's the reason why you'd like both of these series, or one/the other if you've seen them:

*tons of awesome bromance
*great fighting scenes
*great #friendshipgoals (seriously)
*power struggles, and rising to the 'top,' mentalities among rival gangs and people with 'power trips'
*some great life lessons/deeper meanings behind their fighting in certain contexts

Unrelated: BUT they're both about 22 minutes per episode, and it keeps you engaged.
Recommended by scarleT

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    SimonaP Jun 23, 2017

    Good stuff good stuff. Accidentally finished it in a day. 9/10 would recommend to a friend.

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    tropka Jun 3, 2017

    Yeah so kinda thin plot, cheesy scenes, the usual yanki stuff and shonen nakama moments, but the main reason I started watching this was for the fights that I saw in the trailers. At first I was impressed because some fight sequences were done with long takes so they had to keep changing positions, running in and out of the frame etc, it must have been difficult with so many people involved in one brawl at large location. But after looking up some Exile Tribe stuff I guess being in-sync with a shitload of people at once isn’t that difficult for them lol.

    I liked the SWORD leaders, the unhinged mofos and the stoic ones and props to the one who played WR bossman with his pimp cane and his pimp coat and lennons/ozzy glasses. At first I though he was going to be a clown and I was bracing myself to hate him, perhaps because I didn’t know who Keiji was and what to expect of him unlike the other 4. I mean looking at his photo Keiji looks so nondescript, like your friendly neighborhood ossan... the joke’s on me #partytime

    The music tho. It really goes far beyond the average jdrama ost. The first thing I did after watching s1 was search for the album. Entertainment wise this drama delivered 100% for me.

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    AnjanieGhisai May 16, 2017

    Omg they are more movies going 2 end 3

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    Kayseur Mar 26, 2017

    Pretty cool, nice story that offered some depth despite the context which is a good thing. The only issue I had with this one was how the actors were all a bit too "pretty boys", which, mixed with the music, made me felt like watching some k/jpop MVs at times. I guess that's what you get for being an Exile project... I can see why girls would find this to be a pros rather than a cons though haha.

    There were however some very nice fight choregraphies and I especially liked the aerial flow of the Rudeboys (and of course of Kubota) — I knew as soon as I saw them in ep1 they'd be my fav team. Too bad I read they have very few screentime in the second season.

    Definitely recommended anyway, it even has some funny humoristic scenes as well!
    But there last episode was a bit underwhelming...

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    Khaiz Feb 8, 2017

    OMG!! I loooooved it!! I thought the plot would be nowhere to be found but it was really ok, deeper than I thought for this kind of settings!! But really, the fight were awesome, the boys so alluring and all and all!! Gonna watch the S2 now \o/

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    keiwa11 Nov 17, 2016

    Came here for Suzuki Takayuki, leaving with huge crush on Kuroki Keiji, oh god.

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    Tsuyu Aug 14, 2016

    Loved it! Bring it on S2!

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    Room707 Jul 1, 2016 - edited

    Good drama. Great action scenes, cool characters and kick a$s cinematography. The only thing that really bothered me was how the storyline was a bit all over the place most of the time and it was a bit obvious that they were tryna squeeze in as many characters/LDH faces into it as possible (I mean, I'm sure that's the whole point anyway... LDH porn lol), but this was still entertaining af. Definitely gonna be watching season 2.

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    Mia Jun 20, 2016

    I enjoyed this. Very interesting drama!

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    Bodea Jun 19, 2016

    I love action so this was right up my alley. I can't wait for the movie. All of the bromance is awesome.

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    scarleT Jun 14, 2016 - edited
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    RejaulHoque May 29, 2016

    haven't seen anything like this in drama world... totally awesome

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    NewKDramaAddict May 11, 2016

    I enjoyed this! The OST is HAWT!! The boys were smoking!

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    Dounie May 11, 2016 - edited

    It was such an easy watch, perfect for a weekend marathon <3

    It's 100 % entertainment, I was literally glued to my screen all throughout the drama and I have to say all those fights were superbly orchestrated, I'm still impressed <3 Needless to say I'll watch second season when it's subbed. Can't wait.
    If you need a good Action drama I think this is the one, don't expect a great story, if your goal is to be entertained and nothing more you'll definitely enjoy this drama plus the songs fitted so perfectly with all the fight scenes.
    Iwata Takanori is so charismatic, love him *0* ♥

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      Dounie May 17, 2016

      Aaaw thanks for this news, I'm really too happy right now ;D


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    Oct 21, 2015 to Dec 23, 2015
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    21 min.


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