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Jin-Roh in August

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Jin-Roh – The Wolf Brigade on 20th August 2007 priced at £15.99. Originating from Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), director Hiroyuki Okiura’s Jin-Róh is a visually and thematically compelling addition to the animé tradition. With its emotionally paralyzed hero, hints of doomed romance and pervading sense of loss and despair, the film has echoes of film noir, Hitchcock and operatic tragedy.

Ten years after World War II Japan is in decline. Emergency measures to boost the economy have created disturbing social problems and in Tokyo an elite police force known as the Capital Police Organization has been created. Its primary foes are a terrorist group called the Sect. Kazuki is a mournful Capital Police officer whose life is ruined by a moment of compassion whilst pursuing a teenage member of the Sect armed with a Molotov cocktail. Raising his gun to shoot her, Kazuki hesitates and makes eye contact. In that brief moment she detonates the device, dying in the explosion. Made a scapegoat by the Capital Police, Kazuki forms a dangerous bond with the dead-girl’s identical sister.

Features include:

  • Japanese DD5.1 Surround with English subtitles
  • Director/Creator/Cast interviews (38 mins)
  • Trailers
  • Production art gallery

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