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23 March 1991 (Japan) See more »
The Metropolitan Police's ultimate crime-fighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mamoru Oshii 

Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Yousuke Mamiya 
Film Editing by
Seiji Morita 
Makeup Department
Mayumi Shoji .... key makeup artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Hosaka .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops" - USA (DVD title)
"Stray Dogs" - Japan (English title) (informal title)
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, 23 January 2005
Author: Anca1agon from Germany

If I had to describe this movie in one word I'd say: boring. STRAY DOGS develops some plot at the beginning and shows some action at the end. But in-between happens almost absolutely nothing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those people who need lots of action, blood and explosions to enjoy a movie. In fact I also like movies that make you think. But I somehow must have missed the message of this movie, because I didn't find anything to think about. I don't find it very inspiring to watch the camera go down some back alleys for several minutes, with absolutely no dialogue and nothing else happening at all.

I also didn't find it visually very impressive. Apart from a hand full of interesting images it's photographed in a very plain way, with very ordinary sceneries. The camera-work is sometimes very shaky, it almost made me sick.

Compared with Oshii's other works, namely RED SPECTACLES and AVALON, STRAY DOGS is even more quiet, almost dreamy. But all other movies by Oshii which I have seen so far are also clearly superior to STRAY DOGS.

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