Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (1998)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Average Rating: 5.4/10
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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
Jun 1, 1998 Wide
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I liked the idea of the movie more than the movie itself -- though sections of it are mind-blowing.
Jin-Roh's hand-rolled look and ripped-from-the-sci-fi-headlines plot are an asset and a relief.
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.
Oshii's layered use of the Red Riding Hood story is both clever and chilling.
It makes as good a case as any for the use of animation as a medium for serious, mature features.
Keeps feeling like you've just started reading the eighty-third edition of a comic book that you've never even heard of before.
This blend of fairy tale and horrific post-war scenario makes Jin-Roh something of a landmark for anime fans, and a fascinating way in for first-timers.
A gorgeous albeit depressing mess, as distancing and despairing as a realpolitik wipeout.
...this sober, subtle socio-political suspense tale has more in common with a John LeCarre conspiracy novel than space opera or metaphysical sci-fi.
Director Hiroyuki Okiura ... gives each cell of Jin-Roh the same degree of breathtaking detail.
Suffers from a rambling, allegory-laden storyline that makes it nearly impossible to follow.
Ultimately bogs down into a series of betrayals and double-crosses among indistinguishable political factions.
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