A Crowd of Three a.k.a. “Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni” is a bit of a road movie but not in the adventurous kind of way. The characters are trying to breakout from their miserable lives. One has a tendency to literally smash things in times of frustration, one suffers symptoms from stress when reality hits, and one is lonely, unloved and dying for attention. The movie tries to depict a lost and angry youth within free society; violent and hopeless. Similarly, its less about “soul searching” and more about “breaking through” everything (rather than dealing with it). — Like bulldozing ahead without any chance of laying down a proper foundation.
Film review (negative review; but interprets the themes well)
“A lonely girl encounters two dim-witted orphans on the eve of a final attempt to break out of their miserable lives.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
The two-hour+ movie stars Shota Matsuda (Liar Game, Hana Yori Dango), Kengo Kora (Bandage — I’ve been meaning to watch this movie) and Sakura Ando (Love Exposure). I’d say that the electric-guitar background music sequences really set the tone of what’s going on during the movie, and just the tone of the movie in general. The music and long shots put the characters (and their emotions) in perspective and by the end I felt pretty sorry for all of them. Other than that sort of abstract storytelling, the movie kind of falls through. Directed by Tatsushi Omori.
aparoo says 3/5 for the crowd of 3