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The Crow: City of Angels

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The latest incarnation of the crow, a mythical creature of vengeance, is Ashe, a mechanic who is brutally murdered when he and his young son witness a drugs related gang land execution. Sarah, who encountered the original Crow, explains to Ash upon his return to life that he is back among the living to settle scores so his soul can rest.
Haunted by flashbacks of the gang's murderous attack, Ash and his feathered friend -- the guardian
angel of a crow that flies and watches over him -- wend their way through a decidedly unangelic
City of Angels to hunt down and destroy gang members, one by one.

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Sun-Sentinal:
"Perez, a new Swiss actor with a French accent, does an excellent job of portraying the dead, tormented soul who comes back to seek revenge on drug lord Judah Earl (Richard Brooks) and his street scum."

Critic John Marshall:
"Perez's version of the lead character is a lot different to Lee's as in a lot more human. His character tends to be a bit nervous towards becoming what he really is."

Dallas Morning News:
"Dank atmosphere oozes out of every corner, chugging motorcycles vanish into walls of colored smog... Mr. Perez's painted visage haunts
the camera."

James Francis of The Battalion:
"With all of these detrimental attributes contributing to the downfall of The Crow: City of Angels, the acting delivered by Perez and Kirshner seem to keep the film above water.  As Sarah, Kirshner gives an innocent face the tragic life experience developed from living in the so-called 'City of Angels.' Perez, on the other hand, is close to perfection with abounding emotional flares from one moment to the next."

Wichita Eagle:
"Hauntingly stylish...Sumptious visuals... Pope whips up richly textured vistas of a decaying, futuristic Los Angeles with saturated colors and intriguing shadows...There is a surprising attention to pattern and design, from languid watery waves seen from underneath to flowing coattails kicking up like wings in an errant breeze."

Critic Greg King of Melbourne, Australia:
"The most interesting feature for audiences here is in seeing how Lee's replacement, hunky French actor Vincent Perez performs in the role of the vengeful hero. Perez admittedly cuts a lithe, sleek and balletic figure as Ashe, although he lacks the martial arts skill of Lee, and he brings a more sensual and quietly unnerving presence to the role that provides the film with a strong focus. There is also more of a mystical, supernatural and unearthly quality to this sequel as the film is replete with religious symbols and images of death."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"The only thing that actually feels new is the Crow himself, played this time around by Vincent Perez, who replaces Brandon Lee in the lead role. Lee, as any Hollywood news junkie knows, was killed on the set while making the original. Not that Lee left any big shoes to fill - the part doesn't require much acting - but Perez seems comfortable. He brings a commanding personality to the role that doesn't leave room for any longing for his predecessor."

Critic Jamie Peck:
"Perez has a genuine presence, but he faces unavoidable comparisons with Lee. Kirshner, a find in small movies like Exotica, makes a wonderful bigger-budget transition."

Movie Magazine International:
"Perez has enough presence to share the screen with Catherine Deneuve in Indochine and Isabelle Adjani in Queen Margot, and he definitely looks the part, with his KISS-style makeup, motorcycle and leather duster jacket."

Washington Post:
"This 'Crow' has something to crow about... The new vengeful spirit, Ashe (Swiss actor Vincent Perez) is a live ringer for Lee, particularly once he dons the classic pained-Pierrot look. Comparisons may be unfair, but while Perez isn't quite the physical presence Lee was, he does cut an imposing figure and his anguish is a bit more
palpable."

Mr. Showbiz:
"Director Tim Pope gets sensitive, even passionate performances out of his two leads...  Perez - visually a virtual double for Lee, and an actor of proven depth."

vletter.gif (1289 bytes)"I loved making this film. I loved all the mystery of the character, all his pain - coming to accept the fact that he's actually dead - and all the symbolism and ritual in this role. I guess because I find so much that is mysterious and ritualistic in
filmmaking itself. In a way, it's almost mythological, the process of acting on film. And I've always been a big Joseph Campbell fan.''

"I thought about whether this production might be cursed, and then I realized that the crow brings peace in many countries, in Asia and in India. The symbol of the crow is very positive. And I don't believe in bad luck. We're just making a movie. For this movie I'm bringing my own world, just as Brandon Lee brought his to the first. I think the first 'Crow' was more Edgar Allan Poe, while my 'Crow' is a mixture between Jim Morrison and Hamlet. When I said that, everyone seemed to be happy with this flavor I was trying to bring to the movie."


director.gif (905 bytes)What was really interesting about casting Perez is that he is his own man. He's not your usual sort of action hero. The guy is completely beautiful; yet, he has this sort of sinewy quality that Brandon had."


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CAST

Vincent Perez.........................Ashe Corven
Mia Kirshner.......................................Sarah
Richard Brooks.......................... Judah Earl
Iggy Pop..............................................Curve
Vincent Castellanos...........................Nemo
Ian Dury...............................................Noah
Tracey Ellis...........................................Sibyl
Thomas Jane......................Spider Monkey
Thuy Trang............................................Kali

CREDITS

Directed by...................................Tim Pope
Screenplay by.....................David S. Goyer
Based on the Comic Book Series and Comic Strip by....................... James O'Barr
Photography by.........Jean Yves Escoffier
Music Score by....................Graeme Revell
Produced by..............Edward R. Pressman

US release date...............August 30, 1996.
France release date.................

Film location: Los Angeles, California,

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