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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
"Jin-Rô" (original title)

R  |   |  Animation, Drama, Fantasy  |  17 November 1999 (France)
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A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

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Credited cast:
Yoshikazu Fujiki ...
Kazuki Fuse (voice) (as Yoshikatsu Fujiki)
Sumi Mutoh ...
Kei Amemiya (voice)
Hiroyuki Kinosha ...
Atsuhi Henmi (voice) (as Hiroyuki Kinoshita)
Yukio Hiroda ...
Bunmei Muroto (voice)
Yukihiro Yoshida ...
Hajime Handa (voice)
Eri Sendai ...
Nanami Agawa (voice)
Kenji Nakagawa ...
Isao Aniya (voice)
Tamio Ôki ...
CAPO Officer (voice)
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Doug Abrahams ...
Narrator, Hachiro Tohbe (voice)
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Kazuki Fuse (voice)
Paul Dobson ...
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Brian Drummond ...
Handa's Aide (voice)
Ron Halder ...
Shiro Tatsumi (voice)
Ryuichi Horibe ...
Shiroh Tatsumi
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Local Police Official #1 (voice)
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Ten years after the end of World War II; anti-terror policeman Fuse gets suspended from service after the suicide by self-detonation of a young terrorist girl during an operation, as he failed to shoot her in time. When he tries to gather some information about her, he meets her sister and befriends with her. Both get dragged into the rivalries between the administration of the police and the counter terrorism commando unit 'Jin Roh' (human wolves). Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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A gorgeous, wonderfully saddening and fascinating piece.
4 April 2001 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

It's hard to begin describing this, but I can only recommend it. Taking place in a bleak, and fully believeable alternate version of post-WW2 Tokyo, Jin-Roh accomplishes all the things that other anime cinema movies who were hailed as the holy grail of anime didn't accomplish, or at least never accomplished so well. And Jin-Roh does it with style.

The animation is very impressive, without even really trying. No overly flashy effects are hurled in your face in a "lookie here!" fashion, instead we get sobre, lifelike and extremely realistic chara designs that move with wonderful fluidity through some very beautiful backgrounds. The "less of you is more" effect is used to it's full extent here to create a foreboding and terribly tragic atmosphere.

The story, at it's most basic is a doomed lovers tale. Jin-Roh doesn't try to shock or disgust (though there are a few very frightening violent scenes in there), but wants to make you cry genuine tears of sorrow, and succeeds in every way.

The movie's approach is subtle, slow and delicate, and leaves a huge impact, exactly because it plays on a smaller scale. The fairy tale of the Little Red Riding Hood, and the image of the wolf (or "the beast" in general) are used throughout the movie with the same sobre flair. Apart from the main doomed lovers theme, there's also a very impressive story of betrayal and political intrigue in there, which adds a dash of suspense. Kudos to the great designs of the Panzer armors as well, who look powerful, and in some moments truly frightening.

In short, Jin-Roh is a wonderful piece of work, full of beauty and intelligence. It's not quite possible to make clear how strong this film is on paper, but watching it will leave an unforgettable impression. It's a stylish tragedy that makes you think as well as makes you cry. Don't hesitate to seek this out.


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