Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)

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Hiroyuki Okiura and Mamoru Oshii follow up on their landmark animation feature Ghost in the Shell with this despotic sci-fi flick that fuses fascism, Hitchcock, and Little Red Riding Hood. The film opens with a detailed retelling of an alternate postwar Japanese history. A massive industrialization policy sharply separates the haves from the have nots, resulting in crime, protests, and riots. In an effort to curb the power of armed militia groups, the Tokyo City government sets up an elite group of paramilitaries called the Capitol Police Organization. Instead of peace and harmony, the presence of this new force only encourages the terrorists to unify, and full-scale war erupts in the streets. Cut to a street riot in process, and a young high schooler in a red coat making a bomb hand-off. Later, the Capitol Police catch her and her terrorist comrades in the Tokyo sewers. While her cohorts get gunned down mercilessly, the girl -- after the cop nearest to her fails to pull the trigger -- blows herself up instead. The cop, Kazuki Fuse, survives with a few scratches thanks to his stormtrooper-like armor, but suffers both psychological and professional damage. Aside from the mental and career traumas, he is also made the scapegoat for the incident. Soon afterwards, he meets a young lass named Kei Amemiya who says she is the dead girl's elder sister. As the two make furtive efforts toward a romance, Kazuki finds himself increasingly embroiled in a complex web of lies and deceit between the Capitol Police Organization and the Tokyo Police department.

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Critic Reviews for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

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

Oct 25, 2001

A grim, brooding film of exceptional power.

Aug 31, 2001 | Full Review…

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

Jul 27, 2001 | Full Review…

It's an evocative anachronism.

Jul 20, 2001

Confirms my preference for live-action cinematography, without any tricks or conceits to place quotation marks around an already fantastic illusion of reality.

Jul 20, 2001 | Full Review…
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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.

Jun 26, 2001

Audience Reviews for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Unusual for an anime to be so dull and morose. Such a shame.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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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.
Saskia D.

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½

An absolutely gorgeous movie. I have deliberately refrained from using word 'anime' because of its capacity to take its emotions and hit your like a live-feature. Undeniably it's a dark tale but it is a human tale. It shall take you through the whole scale of emotions that human possess and you shall be left gasping for more. The story is great, the movie score in isolation is great but within the story it is perfect. The only grouse I can pick is inability to explore the side characters bit more. It would have added greater depth to an already layered and deep feature.

Alex Dackard
Alex Dackard

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

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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