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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)



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Jin-Roh is an animated film which grew from a story and script by Mamoru Oshii, one of the leading creative artists of Japanese animation. However, director Hiroyuki Okiura deviated from the genre norms in focusing on the humanization of a macho killer. The action takes place in the Japan of the mid-fifties. Ten years after World War II, the country is in a state of strife. Emergency measures to boost Japan's economy have created some disturbing social problems. In Tokyo, special units of an elite police force known as the Metro Police are engaged in a bitter struggle with armed anti-government guerrillas. Any act of violence is reciprocated with more violence. Police officer Kazuki Fushe is a member of one such special unit, known among guerrillas as "Cerberus" and particularly feared for their striking power. Fushe's assignment is to crush the members of a guerrilla group known as "The Sect." During one of his rounds, Fushe meets a young woman on a kamikaze mission who has already activated the bomb she is wearing. Following her death, he can't get her image out of his mind and begins to visit her grave, where he meets another woman who looks like her. She is the sister of the dead girl and has her own reasons for getting closer to Fushe. The plot of the film is very complex, involving several ambiguities which are disquieting at the outset. But gradually, the vision of the director comes through, offering food for thought even in the most violent scenes. Jin-Roh was screened as part of the Panorama section of the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999.more
Rating: R
Genre: Animation, Anime & Manga, Art House & International, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By: Mamoru Oshii
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On DVD: Oct 26, 2004

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Critic Reviews for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

I liked the idea of the movie more than the movie itself -- though sections of it are mind-blowing.

Full Review… | October 25, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A grim, brooding film of exceptional power.

Full Review… | August 31, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Jin-Roh's hand-rolled look and ripped-from-the-sci-fi-headlines plot are an asset and a relief.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's an evocative anachronism.

Full Review… | July 20, 2001
Village Voice
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Confirms my preference for live-action cinematography, without any tricks or conceits to place quotation marks around an already fantastic illusion of reality.

Full Review… | July 20, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

While it uses the advantages of line-drawn animation to fashion a setting that would cost hundreds of millions to produce as live action, the dramatic scale is minimal and tepid.

Full Review… | June 26, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

I wasn't really feeling it. The characters were a bit shallow. A lot more could've been done with the theme wolf-brigade and the red riding hood connection. I would've liked a little more mystery.

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

Perhaps the plot tries too hard in the middle to give more heart and complexity to its sci-fi premise, but it's psychologically and philosophically intriguing enough to keep it afloat between the action-filled beginning and end. Plus, amazing visuals, which is why most of us watch Anime anyway, right?

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

Not the best anime I've ever seen, but it beats the shit out of Pokemon.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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