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Exclusive review: Inu-Yasha:
Rumiko Takahashi's (Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Mermaid Tales) new hit TV series in Japan
  Rating: R
  U.S. Distribution Rights: none
  Genre: Drama

Jin-roh (Movie)
Alternate Title: Wolf Brigade

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.

Overall Grade: 96% (A)

  Reviewer #1: Clyde Adams III
  Episodes reviewed: Movie; subtitled
Grade: 93% (A)
   Jin-Roh 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 Ortiz
  Episodes reviewed: Movie; subbed
Grade: 99% (A+)
   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 beauty.

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