Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Cast

Michael Dobson
as Kazuki Fuse
Moneca Stori
as Kei Amemiya
Doug Abrahams
as Hachiroh Tohbe
Colin Murdock
as Atsushi Henmi
Dale Wilson
as Bunmei Muroto
Michael Kopsa
as Hajime Handa
Ron Halder
as Shiroh Tatsumi
French Tickner
as Isao Aniya
Maggie Blue O'Hara
as Nanmi Agawa
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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.

October 25, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A grim, brooding film of exceptional power.

Full Review… | August 31, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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
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It's an evocative anachronism.

July 20, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

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
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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.

June 26, 2001
New York Times
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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

Super Reviewer

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.

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?

   
   

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