Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Special Edition)
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The special edition of this dark, compelling feature comes with a CD of Hajime Mizoguchi's excellent score, which is unavailable separately in the states. The "extras" disc includes Japanese and English trailers, a selection of pre-production drawings, and an eight-part set of interviews, primarily with writer Mamoru Oshii and director Hiroyuki Okiura. Jin-Roh began as a video series based on an earlier manga by Oshii but gradually developed into a theatrical feature. As Oshii was "swamped" on Ghost in the Shell, Okiura was asked to direct. He accepted but insisted the film tell an original story with a romance at its center. Although Oshii praises Okiura's work, he regrets not directing the film himself. These interviews lack the tone of friendly banter that pervades American making-of discussions: the two artists like and respect each other but seem reluctant to admit it. --Charles Solomon
- Two disc set plus the soundtrack on CD
- Special edition gatefold/slipcase
- Director/creator interviews
- Cast Interviews
- 12 page booklet
- Production art gallery
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When Fusé hesitates to kill a young sect courrier she commits suicide with the bomb she is carrying he is blamed for his failure and demoted back to training camp. Deeply troubled by the experience, Fusé visits the girl's grave, and there meets her sister, with whom he begins a complex relationship. At the same time, a sinister conspiracy is brewing deep in the labyrith of the police system, pitting a secret group of extremists within the C.A.P.O., the Wolf Brigade (Jin-Roh) against the politically inclined bureacrats of the police force. Fusé and the girl are nothing more then pawns of pawns, but who's pawns are they?
While some segments of Jin-Roh are extremely violent it is not an action movie. Jin-Roh is an extremely complicated movie with 90% of it's screening time devoted to developping the characters, the plot and the intrigue. Action segments were only incorporated when required by the plot, however those action segments that do exist in the movie are extremely intense, yet most of the film's intensity still comes from the plot and not the action. Although very different in topic, anyone who enjoyed Perfect Blue will probably enjoy Jin-Roh. Although not quite as complicated as Perfect Blue, Jin-Roh succeeds as only the second Anime of the Pshychological Thriller type... that is, only the seconds success. Further comparisson between Jin-Roh and Perfect Blue is not warranted, they are extremely different stories with little in common except for their complexity.
Artisticly Jin-Roh is a masterpiece, as can be expected with anything coming from Productions IG. The extreme attention to minute detail seen in Jin-Roh is very rare. Hiroyuki Okiura eschewed the recent trend of computer animation with Jin-Roh which was almost entirely done on cels (apparently it took 80 000 cels and 3 years to animate). Jin-Roh is almost entirely "filmed" in low light settings and rainy weather, further adding to the somber mood.
Jin-Roh isn't perhaps for everyone though. Without a doubt, if you are into intense psychological drama, and dark moods, Jin-Roh with it's excellent production values is a must see... and maybe you should watch it twice, just so that you can understand it. However, if you'd rather something lighter, funny, or just plain mindless violence that doesn't require heavy thinking (and at times we all want this stuff) then Jin-Roh definitively isn't for you. If you're not sure though, watch it! It's only 98 minutes, and you might discover a new genre that you want to see more of (I certainly do).
This story was confusing at first, but by the end made complete sense to me, even the heart wrenching twist of the final scene. It starts out simple enough with rebels and despotic rulers. The gestapo and the militaristic police. But the country is in an industrial/cultural upheaval that leaves the government floundering. The only way to make peace with all parties is for the gov. to sacrifice a piece of itself--a piece that even the gov. themselves fear, the Wolf Brigade. But the wolves aren't going down without a fight. Watch how it all unfolds as the wolves, who seem to be the hunted, were in fact always the hunters.
"Perfect blue" did, but other than that I can't remember the last time I just sat and stared with my mouth hanging open as the credit titles roled up across the screen.
Jin-roh is more intense and powerfull than any anime I have ever seen. Of course it seems foolish to compare it to the likes of Akira, or Ghost in the shell, because they both are much more action oriented and Jin-roh is it's own thing.
Some people have called it "boring" others "purely political". Well, I don't know what movie they were watching, because the Jin-roh that I saw was about complex people, real emotions, devistating truths in other words heart gripping drama. Sure, there was a little politics in it too, but don't let that scare you off.
For action buffs there's even a fair share of decent action sprinkled throughout the movie. For me it never got boring. I can only recommend that people stay with it untill the end. The heart shattering climax is worth the wait. That and the wonderful score pushes the movie up into a league of its own.
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