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  • Actors: Shigeru Chiba, Machiko Washio, Hideyuki Tanaka, Hideyo Amamoto, Tesshô Genda
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Mamoru Oshii, Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Daisuke Hayashi, Shigeharu Shiba
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CG8AU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Red Spectacles" on IMDb

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As the world decayed into chaos, the Metropolitan Police had no choice but to fight back and create an elite police unit known as Kerberos…the Watchdogs of Hell. Over time, the zeal of the police force soon transformed into actions of cruelty and corruption. However, three of the elite rebelled against the system, but only detective Koichi Todome escaped. Several years later, he has now returned home. But why? What is left for him in this city that continues to decay? Kouichi must now determine who is friend and who is foe as he attempts to unravel what happened after he left. KEY SALES POINT

* From one of the premier directors of Japanese Cinema - Director Mamoru Oshii
* Live Action Theatrical Feature
* Anamorphic Widescreen

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Morgan on November 13, 2003
Format: DVD
As a fan of Mamoru Oshii's action-packed, yet intellectually provocative anime films, like "Ghost in the Shell", "Patlabor", and "Jin-Roh", I was expecting something interesting from his live-action films. I started by watching "Avalon," which lived up to my expectations. I then decided to watch "Red Spectacles" next because it takes place within the same alternate world of "Jin-Roh".
While "Red Spectacles" starts off with a full-color live-action shootout that could've been straight out of "Jin-Roh", that's about as far as the similarities between "Red Spectacles" and its animated kin go. What follows the opening credits is a sepia-toned black & white genre-bending tour de force reminiscent of Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville".
Veteran anime voice actor Shigeru Chiba plays Koichi, a former member of the elite Kerberos police unit who has returned home after spending several years in hiding only to discover that the world he left behind has totally changed in his absence. "Red Spectacles" is constantly shifting genres, from action to slapstick to thriller to tragedy, and though these mood swings can be jarring at times, the film always maintains a surrealist tone. Oshii uses the language of film to cinematically convey Koichi's confusion and paranoia as he fights to uncover a government conspiracy that still wants him dead.
I won't give away the ending, but I will say that the last 5 minutes were visually breathtaking. The cinematography is especially remarkable at the end and Oshii introduces a metaphor in the final frames of "Red Spectacles" that he explores in detail a decade later in his screenplay for "Jin-Roh".
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By potzo on October 1, 2014
Format: DVD
A very interesting movie. All over the place. Not what you are expecting. It is like the director is playing a prank on the viewers. Fun stuff.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Farmer on October 15, 2006
Format: DVD
I love Oshii's anime work. I was expecting Jin Roh the live action movie...I got it for about five minutes at the beginning of the movie(The suits looked awesome..very WW2 super soldier.) Then the bottem fell out. A drudging crawl of a satire about fascism and the... oh whatever... Buy the poster instead and you won't be disappointed. I'm a little biased in that I really wanted a cool Jin Roh live action movie following the actions of the Kerboros...it is not here. If you are a film student studying Oshii...go for it!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MrnDpty161 on December 29, 2007
Format: DVD
As I appreciate the last author's attempt at putting some clarity into a film with a try at intellectual ambiance, this film is best suited to calm down mental patients at a psych ward, because that is what the viewer will be subject to when they sit down to watch this chaotic, loonytoons esque movie.

True enough, the movie starts off as a side-story from Jin Roh. Black,vintage German like stormtrooper armor clad soilders, that just busted from freedom, on their way to get out of harm's way. Even then, the only thing that looked decent enough, were those soilders --- for some reason, its the intent of whomever it was that held the Yen to fund this one, to make the bad guys look like out-of-work mimes armed with machine guns.

After this half-way normal scene, one is then dropped into a very long and drawn out movie with cute cartoonish representation in the form of a real live film. I dare someone to lie and say they absolutely could follow this twisted meltdown of events and turns, along with sporadic characters that are thrust upon you with cryptic dialog and a strange sense that it changed from a movie to a very shoddy theater show. Once in a while, the movie jumps back to a stable story someone could follow but otherwise, its overly jumpy as if the director couldn't make up his mind as to when to end a scene and begin the next.

People who are bracing themselves with a B grade movie about a very good Anime will be severely mistaken --- I am not even sure this would be a good point of interest for a film class either --- but hey, a broken clock is right twice a day.
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