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7 February 1987 (Japan) See more »
A surreal science fiction noir involving a man trapped in a future where seemingly everyone is a government spy and all-night noodle stands are outlawed. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Shigeru Chiba ... Koichi Todome
Machiko Washio ... Midori Washio
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Soichiro Toribe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideyo Amamoto ... Moongaze Ginji
Tesshô Genda ... Bunmei Muroto
Mako Hyôdô ... Young Lady
Yasuo Ôtsuka ... Taxi Driver

Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazunori Itô 
Mamoru Oshii 

Produced by
Daisuke Hayashi .... producer
Shigeharu Shiba .... producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Yousuke Mamiya 
Film Editing by
Seiji Morita 
Sound Department
Kunio Kuwahara .... re-recording mixer
Yasufumi Yoda .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Hosaka .... lighting technician

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Red Spectacles" - Japan (English title) (informal title)
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Japan:116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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4 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
VERY disappointing, expected so much more..., 10 March 2004
Author: Bart from Midwest

After watching Avalon (which was decent only because of the very nice digital fx), and several anime films written by Oshii, including Jin-Roh (which is fantastic) I decided I should check out the Oshii cinema trilogy box set. Being that the Red Spectacles and Stray Dog are related, I will comment here on both. And let me tell you, it was one of the biggest wastes of money I have spent in a while. I first watched Stray Dogs and then The Red Spectacles. I am sad to say that these films are quite possibly the most boring two movies I have ever seen. For only about 10 minutes in each film do you get to see some action between the the characters, who are only dressed in the "Panzer Cop" outfits for a few fleeting scenes. The rest of the time you will see some very drawn out scenes filled with boring dialogue in some less than impressive locations. I really don't understand the motivation behind these two films at all. I love the Wolf Brigade outfits and the idea behind the plot, but the films themselves leave much to be desired. I would suggest NOT watching these films, and certainly do not buy the box set like I did, unless you enjoy wasting money. Oh, and if you are wondering what I think about the 3rd movie in the set, Talking Head, I couldn't even bring myself to watch it before I purged the box set from my DVD collection via eBay at a $20 loss. If you want cool Japanese live action, check out Returner, or Ichii the Killer or the Zeiram series.

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