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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)

Jin-Rô (original title)
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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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Hiroyuki Okiura

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dobson ... Kazuki Fuse (voice)
Yoshikazu Fujiki Yoshikazu Fujiki ... Kazuki Fuse (voice) (as Yoshikatsu Fujiki)
Sumi Mutoh Sumi Mutoh ... Kei Amemiya (voice)
Moneca Stori ... Kei Amemiya (voice)
Hiroyuki Kinosha Hiroyuki Kinosha ... Atsuhi Henmi (voice) (as Hiroyuki Kinoshita)
Colin Murdock Colin Murdock ... Atsushi Henmi / Academy Officer / Riot Police (voice)
Yukio Hiroda Yukio Hiroda ... Bunmei Muroto (voice)
Dale Wilson ... Bunmei Muroto / Riot Police Commander (voice)
Michael Kopsa ... Hajime Handa (voice)
Yukihiro Yoshida Yukihiro Yoshida ... Hajime Handa (voice)
Ron Halder Ron Halder ... Shiro Tatsumi / Nanami's Contact (voice)
Eri Sendai Eri Sendai ... Nanami Agawa (voice)
Kenji Nakagawa Kenji Nakagawa ... Isao Aniya (voice)
Maggie Blue O'Hara ... Nanami Agawa (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... CAPO Officer (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 November 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,322, 6 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,591, 9 September 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the weapons, vehicles, and equipment used are from the World War II period, mainly of German design. Some weapons include a modified version of the MG42 machine gun, the MP44 sub-machine gun, the FG42 rifle, a Panzerfaust rocket, and several British Sten guns. World War II German period vehicles, such as the Kubelwagen and Volkswagen, are also present. See more »

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Kei Amemiya: What big eyes you have... what big teeth you have!
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Referenced in Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) See more »

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A gorgeous, wonderfully saddening and fascinating piece.
4 April 2001 | by vknSee 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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