Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
has been fused into this tale of Japan, set ten years after World War
II. The aggression of the government to catch up to the rest of the
post-war world has created a whole lot of civil unrest within the country,
and many people have left for urban districts, leaving the cities behind
and transforming them into slums. With an increase of crime, and support
rising for anti government protestors, the local police forces have
lost control. Out of necessity, a paramilitary force has been created
as guardians of public order, called the Capital Police Organization
forces of government protestors, forced underground by new laws, have
formed The Sect. Now highly organized, these protesters pose a threat
to the country's government leaders, as well as the CAPO itself. City
streets have become war zones, and now the mass public is outraged even
more that what the government promised is not happening.
To the public,
all law enforcement agencies are united in their quest for security,
but that is not so. Every organization seems to wish the other to fall,
and they are looking out for their own best interests. Within the CAPO
there is rumored to be a division called the "WOLF BRIGADE," working
outside the authority of the normal chain of command. While this information
is not certain, it could just be another way to invoke more divisions
within the organizations.
of this movie was not at all what I ended up getting. From the cover
art and trailers, the movie seemed to be a military/action filled Anime,
and having Ghost in the Shell legend Mamoru Oshii write the screenplay
didn't really help change that impression. As it turns out, the movie
does Japanese Anime justice with a delicate story, and a plot to support
the wonderful imagination illustrated by the animation.
For once, an anime
allows the characters to actually look Japanese. Unlike Akira
and Ghost in the Shell, which this rivals, Jin Roh will
not really require you to go back and try and figure things out. The
set-up may be complicated, but the actual story is beautifully straightforward.
a tale of the Wolf Brigade, Jin Roh works in allusions to Little
Red Riding Hood through the main characters, Fuse and Kei. It is not
an action packed movie, but more of a suspenseful thriller. While there's
plenty going on, in the end it's just about Fuse and Kei, leaving the
viewer with a sense of inevitable tragedy.
The animation itself
doesn't show a hint of using CG work, and that makes the feel very authentic.
The armor, cityscapes, and clothing style make a very easily imaginable
world, and the dialog between Fuse and Kei is right on the nose. At
the beginning of the movie, though, Fuse asks a simple question that
never quite gets answered: "why?"
Dig deeper into
the soul of this movie to find out the answer to that question.
What the Special
Edition has to offer:Disk 1: contains
the full length Feature
Disk 2: contains
features such as Interviews, Japanese/English Trailers, and Art Gallery
Disk 3: the soundtrack
music by Hajime Mizoguchi.
Booklet: 13 pages
of insight to Mamoru Oshii, Jin Roh, and a nice two-panel diagram
of all the divisions and key players in this movie.
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