Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
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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 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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I liked the idea of the movie more than the movie itself -- though sections of it are mind-blowing."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's an evocative anachronism."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Oshii's layered use of the Red Riding Hood story is both clever and chilling."
‑ Dan Fazio, Citysearch
"It makes as good a case as any for the use of animation as a medium for serious, mature features."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A gorgeous albeit depressing mess, as distancing and despairing as a realpolitik wipeout."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A grim, brooding film of exceptional power."
‑ Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
"Confirms my preference for live-action cinematography, without any tricks or conceits to place quotation marks around an already fantastic illusion of reality."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Forgettable anime."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Keeps feeling like you've just started reading the eighty-third edition of a comic book that you've never even heard of before."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Comparable to live-action comic book films like Tim Burton's Batman."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Jin-Roh's hand-rolled look and ripped-from-the-sci-fi-headlines plot are an asset and a relief."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"While it uses the advantages of line-drawn animation to fashion a setting that would cost hundreds of millions to produce as live action, the dramatic scale is minimal and tepid."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Unsettling and beautiful."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This blend of fairy tale and horrific post-war scenario makes Jin-Roh something of a landmark for anime fans, and a fascinating way in for first-timers."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...this sober, subtle socio-political suspense tale has more in common with a John LeCarre conspiracy novel than space opera or metaphysical sci-fi."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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