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Stray Dogs (1991)

Jigoku no banken: kerubersu (original title)
The Metropolitan Police's ultimate crime-fighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos. Refusing an order from the government officials to disarm led to a riot ... See full summary »

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Mamoru Oshii

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshikazu Fujiki Yoshikazu Fujiki ... Inui
Eaching Sue Eaching Sue ... Tang Mie
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Hayashi
Shigeru Chiba ... Koichi Todome
Keinosuke Suzuki Keinosuke Suzuki
Takayuki Kitamura Takayuki Kitamura
Sho Sadakata Sho Sadakata
Fumihiko Tachiki
Masaru Ikeda Masaru Ikeda
Ryôichi Tanaka Ryôichi Tanaka
Kazumi Tanaka Kazumi Tanaka
Yutaro Mitsuoka Yutaro Mitsuoka
Jôji Nakata
Masashi Sugawara Masashi Sugawara
Masamichi Sato Masamichi Sato
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The Metropolitan Police's ultimate crime-fighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos. Refusing an order from the government officials to disarm led to a riot known as the Kerberos Uprising. At the centre of this riot was Koichi Todome, leader of the Kerberos squad. However, unlike his troops, when the riot was over, Koichi escaped. Now, three years later, Inui is released from prison. A member of the Kerberos squad who served jail time for his participation in the riot, he wants nothing more than to find his former master. However, the trail to Koichi is a twisted one involving a strange woman and a new and unimagined lifestyle. But when he finally finds him, he realizes that, instead of following his own path, he was following the orders of another. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Japan

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Japanese | Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

23 March 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops See more »

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9 June 2014 | by noonwardSee all my reviews

Terribly misleading film. From the cover art to the synopsis to the fact that it's a sequel to The Red Spectacles, it's easy to assume that this would be another insane sci-fi weird-out. But no, this film is slow, meticulous, delicate and at times insanely beautiful. How silly I felt when I thought I was watching the wrong movie and had to look up screenshots and other reviews to see if I was or not. It really recalls Takeshi Kitano, predating his work with Sonatine and Hana-Bi. Static shots, emphasis on backgrounds, light on dialogue. Quite a gap in style from its Seijun Suzuki-esque predecessor. The characters mainly have fun on holiday and fall in love to incredible, emotive music. There's nothing too challenging or esoteric, though it's not necessarily exciting or bent on narrative. Just a gorgeous, emotionally resonant piece of work.


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