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Stray Dog

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The Metropolitan Police’s ultimate crime-fighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos. A riot and uprising ensues when the unit refuses to acknowledge orders from government officials to disband. At the center of the riot is the leader of the Kerberos squad, Kouichi Todome who escapes after the fighting. Three years later, Inui is released from prison. A member of the Kerberos squad who served jail time for his participation in the riot, he wants nothing more to find his former master. However, the trail to Kouichi is a twisted one, involving a strange woman and a new and unimagined lifestyle. But when he finally finds him, he realizes that, instead of following his own path, he was following the orders of another. KEY SALES POINT

* From one of the premier directors of Japanese Cinema - Director Mamoru Oshii
* Live Action Theatrical Feature
* Anamorphic Widescreen
DVD Features:
Interactive Animated Menus

Dolby Digital Surround Sound

Japanese Language

English subtitles option

DVD Extras:

Theatrical Trailer

Mamoru Oshii's Stray Dog Text

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Shigeru Chiba, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Takashi Matsuyama, Eaching Sue
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Mamoru Oshii
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CG8AX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stray Dog" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Mamoru Oshii has put out pretty impressive videos, this is not one of them.

The main character pursues his old master (like a Stray Dog.. ) who left his unit behind. Throughout the entire movie all he does is walk down streets (they even walk the same streets over pointlessly ) , occasionally bumping into a guy that feels life can be summed up in his "Stray Dog philosophy", then eating, then walking around some more. All the while a horrible piano tune plays.

Don't let the cover fool you, there really isn't many kerberos panzer cops in this movie. It's not until the very end does the main character put on his nifty leather armor and mow through baddies, which was about the only exciting part of the movie (no cheesy piano music either!).

Not much of a plot, predictable, and boring. If you're interested in Mamoru's live action movies Avalon is better. If you absolutely have to have something with kerberos cops in it try Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade.
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"Stray Dog" is a live action drama film about a lonely ex-soldier who is trying to find out where his commander went after his squadron was disbanded and broken up years earlier. This film was made by Mamiru Oshii, who is best known for his anime movies like "Ghost in the shell" and "Patlabor", but make no mistake, this movie is nothing like his anime films. Although this film might look and sound like an action movie, it's not at all. The only "action" sequence in the film happens at the very end and it's decent at best. Instead, this movie focuses more on its atmosphere and setting and IS EXTREAMLY SLOW PACED. Most of the movie is just the two main characters walking around with not much actuall plot happening. In this sense, most people will probobly find this movie to be rather boring, but there are some good things this movie has going for it. The cinematography is excellent with some beautiful city and landscape shots. Almost every shot in this film looks as though they were carefully set up and planned out with a great attention to detail. So it's defiantly a beautiful film if nothing else and is very well directed. That said, I did feel like a lot could have been cut out. In terms of actuall plot, this movie grinds to halt at times with very little if anything relevant happening. Towards the end of the film, it does get a little more interesting when the main protagonist puts on his protect armor(which is basically a full bullet proof suit of armor) and guns down a bunch of government agents in an old hotel. It's defiantly the most entertaining part of the film, and the design of the protect armor is pretty cool.Read more ›
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Director Mamoru Oshii considers the Kerberos saga to be his magnum opus and the work he wants to be remembered for. The general public know him mostly as the director of Ghost in the Shell however. My opinion is more toward Oshii's in this instance. The Kerberos saga is where all of the themes and symbols Oshii likes to explore are given free reign. I read the other reviews here before watching the movie and it seems that some people were disappointed the whole movie wasn't like the last ten minutes (people in scary black armor shooting people) but, knowing this, I was able to go into the movie without such expectations and see the movie for what it is. It is a thought provoking masterpiece steeped in symbolism and allegory that should not be out of print. If you are a fan of Oshii or of Japanese cinema in general you owe it to yourself to watch this film.
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This movie is summed up in one word. Boring. They make you think at the beginning there will be action, with all the Panzer cops in some dilapidated building. All they do is with there, or lean against the wall. then this guys just spends most of the whole movie doing senseless stupidity. They are trying to be an "art film" with emotional tension, but it looks like some kid took his video camera around and followed two people as they wander aimlessly. If we are to be bored to death, at least the guy could have sex with the woman, but even this does not happen. If you made the same mistake and bought this hoping for an action movie, there is finally meagre action with 25 minutes to go, in the form of a laughably bad (obviously fake) kung fu fight. We FINALLY see the panzer armour with 20 minutes to go, at 1 hour 15 minutes in. He has and MG42 and with this, fights a bunch of guys with painted clown faces. Even the battle at the end is drawn out and they try to make it have "drama". i think the director was hoping to emulate a John Woo film, with balletic violence at the end. It just does not work. even the battle at the end is fake looking. While the outfit is cool, they spend too much time having the viewer "admire" the Panzer cop armour and things move too slowly, even during the final battle. They throw is a little more stupidity with a wandering scene in the middle of the battle - in case an hour and 15 minutes of it was not enough. After the guys dies, they throw in 5 more minutes of random scenery. Even one star is too high praise for this piece of garbage portrayed as a film
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