Jin-RohDirector: Hiroyuki Okiura
Jin-Roh is an animated film which grew from a story and script by Mamoru Oshii, one of the leading creative artists of Japanese animation. However, director Hiroyuki Okiura deviated from the genre norms in focusing on the humanization of a macho killer. The action takes place in the Japan of the mid-fifties. Ten years after World War II, the country is in a state of strife. Emergency measures to boost Japan's economy have created some disturbing social problems. In Tokyo, special units of an elite police force known as the Metro Police are engaged in a bitter struggle with armed anti-government guerrillas. Any act of violence is reciprocated with more violence. Police officer Kazuki Fushe is a member of one such special unit, known among guerrillas as "Cerberus" and particularly feared for their striking power. Fushe's assignment is to crush the members of a guerrilla group known as "The Sect." During one of his rounds, Fushe meets a young woman on a kamikaze mission who has already activated the bomb she is wearing. Following her death, he can't get her image out of his mind and begins to visit her grave, where he meets another woman who looks like her. She is the sister of the dead girl and has her own reasons for getting closer to Fushe. The plot of the film is very complex, involving several ambiguities which are disquieting at the outset. But gradually, the vision of the director comes through, offering food for thought even in the most violent scenes. Jin-Roh was screened as part of the Panorama section of the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999.
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Cast & Crew
|Mitsuhisa Ishikawa||Executive Producer|
|Hajime Mizoguchi||Score Composer|
|Hiromasa Ogura||Art Director|
|Kazuhiro Wakabayashi||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Shigeru Watanabe||Executive Producer|
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Overall, this is an awesome movie, with realistic animation, an interesting setting, and interesting story developments. However, it's obvious Mamoru Oshii (the scriptor behind the amazing films Patlabor and Ghost in a Shell) was forcing many of the story's elements in order to find another hit. There are too many plot twists; too little time to get accomplished what he wants with the characters. (It would have made a great animated mini-series, or something.) Even so, it's worth seeing if you're an Anime fan, and worth buying if you've watched it a couple of times (like I have) and you understand the plot a little better.
I'm tired, so I'm cranky and bitter. There are a few wrong details in the reviews, which have left me mystified to how they can get there. First off, the Japan in Jin-Roh ISN'T one occupied by Germany after WWII. Germany isn't even MENTIONED in the movie. A second thing, where the heck are they getting Cereberus? Either my mind fails me because I'm sleepy, or that too never is spoken. In the movie, Fuse is a part of the Capital Police, a fedreal police force who's sole job is to protect the capital from terrorist. However, there is conflict among the regular city police as well as other branches. In all of this is a rumor of the Jin-Roh Brigade, a top secret group that no one knows for sure if it exists... So to heck with those other reviews, maybe next time each reviewer won't borrow from the same source.
This story is the most dangerous anidrama story ever yet but it almost made you wanna beleive its real with it true to life issues such as betrayal , 'cant forget the past' and lasty love underneath it all.. i cryed alot and watched on repeat 20 time no exageration there!!!!
You didn't realised that Japan is occupied by Germany?It's funny.You know that there are dozens of material proof of it.For example in real life the Japanese government officials didn't use Volks Wagen.But there were only Volks Wagens in the movie as official's car.And the Japanese army and police never used german weapons because they were occupied by the U.S.A..However in Jin-Roh they are using german weapons such as Mg 40,Mg 44, Mg 42(machine gun).Even their helmet is like the WWII german helmet.I have only seen Jin-Roh once so I can't tell if anybody mentions it but there are a lot of other evidence.And I saw a german jeep in it, when the army marches on the streets.Anyway it is the best action anime what I have ever seen.