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Alternate Title: Wolf
Description: Jin-Roh is a very
dark tale set in the riot-torn 1960's Tokyo of an
alternate history. A special police force, the Capitol
Police Organization (CAPO) has been formed. Within CAPO
is the Special Unit which gets the toughest jobs. Some
of the men in the Special Unit, according to rumor,
comprise a vigilante group called the Wolf Brigade.
Conceived by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell)
Fuse, a member of the Special Unit, broods
obsessively about a terrorist girl who blew herself up
in front of him. Then he meets the girl's sister and
becomes emotionally involved. A happy ending? It's not
that kind of movie.
| Reviewer #1: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
is finely crafted and rewarding, but it is not for viewers
subject to depression or nightmares. It is the darkest,
gloomiest movie, animated or not, that I ever hope to see.
The CAPO police, in their body armor and glowing red
eye-shields, look inhuman, like robots or demons. The real
horror in Jin-Roh is the characters' suppression of
their human feelings, to kill and betray in cold blood.
Tough, grim, silent, and friendless, Fuse seems an
unsympathetic protagonist. But we see his human side at his
first appearance, when he hesitates to shoot the terrorist
girl he corners, giving her the chance to detonate her bomb.
We see it when he broods over the dead girl, and when he
befriends her sister. We see the two sides of Fuse in his
dream, where he wanders the sewers with a pack of wolves. The
wolves come upon a girl and tear her to pieces, ignoring
Fuse's shouts to stop.
Police bureaucrats, in their power struggles, decide it's
expedient to have Fuse disgraced, ruined, and preferably
killed. Unfortunately for them, Fuse is not as alone or as
defenseless as he seems. Unfortunately for Fuse, he loses more
and more of his humanity as he struggles to survive.
| Reviewer #2: Mariela
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
||I truly consider myself
fortunate and honored to have seen this movie soon after its
completion. Dark, and compelling, Mamoru Oshii deconstructs
the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" and melds it with his
dystopia. The result is haunting tale, that stays with the
viewer long after the movie is done.
Everything melds together in this film. The animation is
fluid and beautiful. The dark and muted color scheme combines
with the realistic character designs to give the movie an
atmosphere of hopelessness. The story twists and turns,
conspiracies surrounding the main characters, pulling them to
a fate that can not denied. And the eerie cello theme
(composed by Hajime Mizuguchi, composer of Please Save My
Earth) only adds to the melancholy.
Jin-roh tells a dark tale, of the tragedy of the
failure of the human spirit. The way out seems to be there,
but is it? The fairy tale must reach its ending. A wolf is
still a wolf even if for a while he can masquerade as a man.
Hopefully this movie will be released soon, both in the US and
in Japan, so more people can experience it strange and dark