Drop (Doroppu)

| June 27, 2011

What do you get when you mix the teen angst of a John Hughes movie with the insane fighting and brutality of something like Fight Club? You get the Japanese high school movie Drop by Hiroshi Shinagawa. The film is based off of the autobiographical illustrated novel and manga written by Shinagawa himself and drawn by Dai Suzuki. The film follows Hiroshi wanting a new life after reading a manga about fighting delinquents called Be-Bop High School. This inspires Hiroshi to drop out of a nice private school in order to go to a public school, filled with social misfits. It is here that he meets his gang of buddies, love interests and other delinquents that encapsulate his life experience of middle and high school.
Many people say that Kadokawa Pictures created this film in 2009 due to Toho’s success of Crows Zero by Takashi Miike in 2007. While it’s very easy to make the comparison, it is simply not the case and very unfair to Drop as a bastard child of another successful delinquent movie. One of the main reasons why Drop is vastly different is due to the great performances by it’s cast. Hiroki Narimiya shows his comedic chops playing Hiroshi and Hiro Mizushima does a wonderful job at playing the reckless, fearless leader as Tatsuya. Both are opposite ends of the spectrum and make for wonderful chemistry throughout the entire film.
As far as the action goes, Drop delivers in spades! Whether it’s a flying drop kick to the chest that sends one flying or a knee to the face that makes one do a flip, Drop makes an impact in the action department. The fight sequences are very well choreographed with only a few hiccups in the enormous final sequence that show characters missing a few punches and people still reacting to them.
The only major downfall that the film has is it’s long running time. The film is 2 hours and it feels a little bogged down at some points. I think that this has to do with the original creator directing the project. Shinagawa probably wanted to put everything in there because he’s lived this life. He wanted it all on the screen and maybe didn’t care whether he could have condensed some material for the sake of having a well constructed movie.
There are pretty much no features on the disc with the exception of trailers of other live action films being released by Funimation. I’m glad to see Funimation picking up live action acquisitions such as Drop. While they’ve been bringing out some great stuff as far as anime is concerned, it’s good on them to release some fantastic material like this. It’s a great little comedy with some heart, fists and a whole lotta guts! Highly Recommended!

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is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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