4.4 5
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura

Cast: Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshikatsu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Hiroyuki Kinoshita


View All Available Formats & Editions

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 aSee more details below


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.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Whereas most anime fantasy features find their stories in a post-apocalyptic neo-Tokyo, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is set in a past Tokyo of sorts. This alternate Tokyo is gripped by civil unrest, adjusting to the recent departure of German troops who had been occupying Japan since WWII, and is under the forceful hands of the Capital Police, who are at war with a local radical terrorist group, "The Sect." One police mission finds Fuse, the member of a special unit, pursuing a suspected Sect bomber, a seemingly innocent teenage girl. Her inadvertent death quickly sends Fuse on a downward spiral into the politics and counterintelligence of this Bizarro universe, eventually revealing the pearly white bite of a rumored group of renegade police known as the Wolf Brigade. The story moves pensively, and with frequent references to "Little Red Riding Hood," but the circuitous plot, relentlessly dark script by Mamoru Oshii, and fluid style by director Hiroyuki Okiura provide an engaging ride all the way. Jin-Roh (literal translation: "man-wolf") is arguably one of the finest anime features of the '90s, a meditation on humanity on an intellectual par with Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke and Oshii's 1996 masterpiece, Ghost in the Shell.
All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
In many ways, this film treads familiar ground for director Hiroyuki Okiura and particularly screenwriter and animé auteur Mamoru Oshii. Just as in Ghost in the Shell, this film vigorously questions the nature and the limits of humanity. Just as in Patlabor 2, this film depicts the intrigue, oppression, and fetishization of technology of fascistic organizations. And like all of their work, this film features a terrific attention to detail. Not only is the film's alternative take on history beautifully realized -- the film is set in some recognizable though undefined point in Japan's past, somewhere between the 1950s and the 1970s -- but the character's emotions and motions are expertly brought to life. And herein lies one of the film's flaws. Not content to be another animé with stock characters and cool explosions, this film focuses on the tortured psyches of the film's principles -- Kazuki and Kei. No matter how artful and subtle one draws a face, it cannot match a human's range of emotion, and as a result Kazuki's struggle to find a soul doesn't quite carry the movie. A work of unusual depth and beauty, Jin-Roh falters, but not because of a lack of ambition.
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
A superbly crafted science-fiction fairy tale...akin to the stylized pessimism of Nagisa Oshima's Night and Fog in Japan.
Los Angeles Times - Charles Solomon
Okiura refuses to the lighten the darkness inherent in Oshii's story, and the result is a grim, brooding film of exceptional power.
Animerica - Patrick Macias
It is a beautiful but gloomy film. Like Ghost in the Shell, it is a kaleidoscope of city images. But whereas Ghost's Hong Kong was a futuristic hotbed of media-rich Asian chaos, Jin-Roh's alternate Tokyo is haunted by the past: by the ghosts of war, by Germany's Teutonic culture superimposed in a subtle, but significant fashion, over Japan's.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Disc 1: The Feature ; Interactive animated menus; Japanese & English language; English subtitles (Optional); Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; DTS audio (Japanese); Anamorphic widescreen; ; Disc 2: Extras; Japanese/English theatrical trailers; Production art gallery; Director/creator interviews; Cast interviews; ; Disc 3: Music Compact Disc; Original motion picture soundtrack; Bonus:; 12-page collectors booklet

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yoshikatsu Fujiki Actor
Sumi Mutoh Actor
Hiroyuki Kinoshita Actor
Yukio Hirota Actor
Yukihiro Yoshida Actor
Eri Sendai Actor
Kenji Nakagawa Actor

Technical Credits
Hiroyuki Okiura Director
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa Executive Producer
Shuichi Kakesu Editor
Hajime Mizoguchi Score Composer
Hiromasa Ogura Art Director
Mamoru Oshii Screenwriter
Hisao Shirai Cinematographer
Tsutomu Sugita Producer
Hidekazu Terakawa Producer
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi Sound/Sound Designer
Shigeru Watanabe Executive Producer

Read More

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jin - Roh: The Wolf Brigade - The Feature
1. Avant Title [:19]
2. Suicide [:08]
3. Players [:08]
4. Board of Inquiry [3:06]
5. Retraining [12:58]
6. Fuse and Henmi [4:39]
7. Encounter [2:31]
8. Rotkãppchen [3:05]
9. Mock Combat [2:35]
10. Rooftop [1:48]
11. Phonecall [2:34]
12. Betrayal [7:34]
13. Ambush [7:34]
14. Fugitives [4:05]
15. The Wolf Brigade [6:17]
16. Wolves in Disguise [3:29]
17. Then the Wolf... [7:40]
18. Ending [7:50]
Disc #2 -- Jin - Roh: The Wolf Brigade - Extras
4. Opening [7:45]
5. Origins [4:35]
6. Encounter [3:54]
7. The Hated World [2:41]
8. Favorite Gloominess [5:53]
9. Artistic Pains [7:26]
10. Little Red Riding Hood [5:44]
11. Parting Thoughts [:01]

Read More


Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >