Also, ready to get on the back of Hiroto Amamiya’s motorcycle.
Over the course of a week, my husband and I made our way through the HiGH&LOW film series on Netflix, and after watching roughly 14 hours of elaborate fight scenes set to corny J-POP, let me just say—I’m ready to GO. And by “GO,” I mean I’m fucking ready to brawl. I’m ready for my first street fight.
You’ve never heard of HiGH&LOW?
All you need to know about it is that it’s BADASS.
What’s it really about?
It’s about BADASS BOYS WHO KICK EACH OTHERS’ ASSES.
Do any of them have girlfriends?
NO, THEY DON’T HAVE TIME FOR ROMANCE. THEY’RE BUSY BEING BAD-FUCKING-ASS!
Are they in high school?
Why do all the actors look like J-Pop singers and dancers?
BECAUSE THEY ARE. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS A MEMBER OF EXILE TRIBE.
OKAY, WHAT IS EXILE TRIBE?
They’re a supergroup of J-Pop stars— responsible for this banger right here.
Just try and tell me this song doesn’t make you want to cry, dance, start a fire and make love, all at once.
Do I need to watch all seven of the movies?
If you want to see seven nearly identical recaps of how the HiGH&LOW gangs of S.W.O.R.D came to be, then you must watch ALL seven of the movies. This is the proper order:
Road To HiGH&LOW
HiGH&LOW The Movie
HiGH&LOW The Red Rain
HiGH&LOW The Movie 2 End Of Sky
HiGH&LOW The Movie 3 Final Mission
DTC Yukemuri Junjou Hen From HiGH&LOW
HiGH&LOW The Worst
Why are there 5 gangs in S.W.O.R.D. district?
Because they all have their own theme. For example, there’s a gang that dresses only in white and exists solely to protect women. There’s also a gang whose members are gifted parkour athletes, and their official uniform is anything Yeezy. Oh, also there’s a gang whose defining characteristic is that they’re in charge of festivals.
Lastly, who is Hiroto Amamiya and why are you trying to get on the back of his motorcycle?
He's one of the brothers who are too cool to be in a gang. And I'm trying to get on the back of his motorcycle, because the boy is fine. True, he is also badass, but first and foremost, he is fine.
So if you see me getting my ass kicked in a dark alleyway or abandoned construction site, know that my enthusiasm for brawling a la HiGH&LOW got the better of me. Sorry, but I just want to feel the adrenaline rush of taunting someone and punching them in the face. I don’t have any formal martial arts training, which is why I’ll probably get seriously injured, but I’m pretty sure that if someone blasts J-Pop in the background, I’ll be so hyped, I'll barely feel a thing. Come at me, bros.