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Director: Hiroyuki Okiura

Cast: Yoshikatsu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Hiroyuki Kinoshita


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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


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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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.

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Eastern Star
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[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
1. Chapter 1 [9:30]
2. Chapter 2 [7:28]
3. Chapter 3 [9:50]
4. Chapter 4 [7:44]
5. Chapter 5 [7:14]
6. Chapter 6 [11:13]
7. Chapter 7 [7:04]
8. Chapter 8 [11:57]
9. Chapter 9 [7:57]


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Jin-Roh 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.