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->''And at that, the wolf pounced upon the girl and devoured her, rending apart her flesh and bone, eating her alive, ignoring her screams.''
-->-- '''[[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Rotkšppchen]]'''

''Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade'' is the third film adaptation of MamoruOshii's ''Kerberos Saga'' manga, released in 1999. It is also the only animated adaptation, the animation done by ProductionIG.

The main character is Kazuki Fuse, a member of a heavily armed special forces unit (Kerberos) of the police. At the beginning of the film he witnesses the desperate suicide of a young girl who was delivering explosives to an anti-government riot. The [[SuicideAttack suicide bomb]] cuts power lines causing a large blackout; as a result the police lose control of the situation and Fuse gets into trouble with the brass as he could've prevented this by shooting the girl. The audience is then introduced to a power war going on behind the scenes, between the police unit Fuse is part of and a rival entity called Public Security. Later on, Fuse meets Kei Amemiya who looks like the dead girl and claims to be her older sister. Is it the truth, or is she hiding something? Despite his suspicions, Fuse doesn't reject her company.

The film's title "Jin-Roh" comes from a rumored counterintelligence cell operating inside Kerberos itself as it slowly builds up to be an important part of the story.

Somewhat jarringly for a cynical political drama, ''Jin-Roh'' is mostly remembered for the [[IconicOutfit impressive and menacing heavy armor]] worn by Fuse. It is often confused with the armor worn by the Helghast faction in the [[FirstPersonShooter first person shooter]] ''{{Killzone}}'' (which it possibly inspired).

The film was licensed and dubbed by Creator/BandaiEntertainment for a DVD release, but said release went out of print when the company ceased production. Creator/DiscotekMedia has since rescued the movie for a future DVD release.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AlternateHistory: The film takes place in the 1960s. Germany won WorldWarII, occupied Japan and has only recently moved out, leaving it in economic and political turmoil. Most of the weapons and vehicles seen are German.
* AmmunitionBackpack: Downplayed. A Panzer Cop's backpack doesn't store a single long belt for his [=MG-42=], but rather a number of separate belts, kind of like a paper towel dispenser that dispenses bullets.
* AnachronicOrder: Jin-Roh was the final movie made in the Keroberos Saga, but in terms of the timeline it's the first event in the series, taking place a good 30 years before the 2 live action films.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted -- Fuse's Protect-Gear shields him against close-range bomb blasts and automatic gunfire.
* BarrierBustingBlow: During a training exercise, Fuse surprises the trainer who is about to storm the room he was in by crashing through the wall.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Fuse's near lack of dialogue is a testament to the power of animation to create a fully realized protagonist with only a handful of spoken lines.
* {{BFG}}: The hand-held [[CoolGuns [=MG42=] machine guns]] used by the Kerberos unit are completely overkill.
* BulletSparks: One of the notable exceptions.
* CaughtInTheRain: Fuse and Kei kiss for the first time while hiding from their pursuers in a rain-drenched rooftop playground.
* CoolGuns / RareGuns: Ranging from the Broomhandle Mauser to the [=StG44=] assault rifle.
* CultureChopSuey: The movie's Japan is a mix of Southern Korea during TheSixties and TheSeventies - rapid urbanization and industrialization, with following social and economical issues, and TheFifties' Japan - with political strife and popularity of leftist ideas among the youth.
* DeadlyHug: [[spoiler:Fuse shoots Kei as she does a CryIntoChest.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The movie begins following a girl in a red hood sent to deliver a package. She shortly after detonates the bomb she's carrying, killing herself in front of Fuse, the real protagonist.
* DieselPunk.
* DirtyCoward: Henmi.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: It was written by Creator/MamoruOshii, after all. He really likes his cynicism.]]
* DownInTheDumps: The finale
* FairyTaleMotifs: The [[{{Grimmification}} original German version]] of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' is used metaphorically throughout the film.
* FanDisservice: A particularly disturbing scene with Fuse's NightmareFuel ImagineSpot.
* FromBadToWorse: Sums the film up, really.
* GambitPileup: Everyone has an angle. Most involve manipulating Fuse. [[spoiler:Turns out he already knows and is manipulating ''them''.]]
** [[spoiler: Although he has been manipulated into manipulating them.]]
* GasMaskMooks: Though [[EliteMooks mook]] [[BadassCrew isn't exactly]] [[TheChessmaster the right]] word.
* GetItOverWith: When Fuse catches Henmi at the end of the final shootout, he just stands still and waits while Henmi demands to know once again [[StatingTheSimpleSolution why he didn't shoot]] at the beginning of the film. [[spoiler: Fuse doesn't answer, and finally shoots Henmi.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Kerberos unit helmets have goggles with ''[[RedEyesTakeWarning red]]'' lenses. The point is made clear.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] kind. Might even be BlackAndGreyMorality depending who you ask.
* [[spoiler:HoneyTrap: Kei pretends to be the sister of the suicide bomber shot by Fuse. She's actually a terrorist turned police informer.]]
* ImplacableMan: Fuse becomes this near the end of the film as he hunts down the Public Security agents that were trying to follow him. Can be applied to all Kerberos cops since the armor is very durable and most of the guns seen in the film have nowhere near enough firepower to begin with.
* InterserviceRivalry: The entire film. [[spoiler:The Public Security Division intend to create a fake scandal (the romance between cop Fuse and terrorist Kei) to give them the excuse to disband the Kerberos, which has become a political embarrassment.]]
* [[spoiler: KillTheCutie: Fuse kills Kei Amemiya.]]
* LeaveYourQuestTest: Kei pleads to Fuse for them to run away together. She reminds him of this when it turns out he knew all along that she was an informer.
* LittleDeadRidingHood
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Averted as Fuse's loyalty to his [[TrueCompanions pack]] proves stronger than his love for Kei.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Most of the cast.
* MayDecemberRomance: Between Kei and Fuse.
* MoreDakka: And it only takes ''one'' fully armed Kerberos unit member to do this, with just ''one'' gun no less.
* MythologyGag: Many scenes are influenced by the manga, although the film makes them into pure art.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The English language trailer has a lot of wolf imagery and lines about "wolves disguized as men" and "a man destined to live as a beast". These are purely metaphorical, there are no werewolves in the movie.
* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingStupidity: Fuse]].
* PowerArmor: This is one trope that the series is remembered for, the [[IconicOutfit iconic]] Protect-Gear. Ample protection, glowing [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] night vision lenses, and the very picture of badassery. May have inspired [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas other]] [[VideoGame/{{Killzone}} similar]] armors.
* PuttingOnTheReich: This is the OTHER trope this series is most remembered for.
* RecurringDreams: And BadDreams to boot. Fuse sees the dead girl in his dreams and each time the dream gets worse.
* ResignationsNotAccepted
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The terrorists use adolescent girls as bomb couriers.
* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]
* ShownTheirWork: The gun foley (sound fx) is spot on, especially the [[MoreDakka MG42's]]. Also at the shooting range, there is a square indentation on the range lane wall, with 4 screw holes where the pencil sharpener was removed and the spot painted over; this is because shooting exercises are no longer graded by over-the-shoulder judges with paper and pencil. In a movie shot on location this would be an expected background item but in an animated film it had to be intentionally included, amounting to a {{Genius Bonus}}.
* SmugSnake: Henmi, in spades.
* [[spoiler: StarCrossedLovers: Fuse and Kei]]
* TheSlowWalk: Fuse as he kills Henmi's men one by one.
* StateSec: Kerberos, with its iconic armor and heavy firepower for police work, fit the bill.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Kerberos cops don't show much mercy to their targets and [[MoreDakka riddle them with bullets]]. The completely one sided carnage of pitting anyone against the Kerberos cops is animated in a glorious mess of muzzle flash, blood and smoke. [[spoiler:To say nothing of Fuse's disposal of Henmi.]] In fact, this is drilled into them through training: the instructor makes sure that his trainees receive plenty of rubber bullets for doing anything that would have gotten them killed in the field.
* YouCanNeverLeave: [[spoiler:After Fuse kills Kei, another Kerberos cop is shown decocking his Broomhandle Mauser which he was aiming at the two, making it clear what would have happened to Fuse if he'd refused to kill her.]]
* YouKnowTooMuch: [[spoiler:Kei must be killed to guarantee Public Security can't find her and do the same -- as long as she's missing, they can't be sure Kei isn't under protective custody somewhere, ready to give evidence if needed.]]
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!!Tropes in other works in the Kerberos Saga:

* ActionGirl: Midori, a woman in the Panzer Cops who is not afraid to take the lead.
* ArcWords: "Who is your master?" and many other questions.
* AnimeChineseGirl: Tang Mei from ''Stray Dog''.
* {{Chickification}}: This happens to Midori in ''Red Spectacles'' [[spoiler: but the fact that Midori ends up this way is actually something that Koichi is dreaming up.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: Shortly before storming an embassy, one of the Panzer Cops talks about how he wants to own a blimp. There are also numerous conversations written by Creator/MamoruOshii, especially about dogs and men.
* CoolShades: Koichi wears these all the time, even while wearing a Protect Gear helmet and while taking a shower.
* CrapsackWorld: The poor conditions of AlternateHistory Japan are further elaborated upon. After the Panzer Cops were forcefully disbanded, things went FromBadToWorse.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The film ''Red Spectacles''.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: Many characters believe Koichi to be this, for taking a suit of Protect Gear and flying off to a foreign country rather than sticking with the rest of the Kerberos Panzer Cops.]]
* DoomTroops: [[GasMaskLongcoat Protect Gear]] troopers.
* DownerEnding: Repeatedly, some of which make Jin-Roh's ending look peaceful and nonviolent in comparison.
* DrunkenMaster: Koichi, after enduring a harsh interrogation, breaks free after being force-fed some cheap alcohol.
* DyingDream: [[spoiler: In ''Red Spectacles'' it turns out that Koichi died when he was first ambushed in the hotel.]]
* EnemyMime / MonsterClown: During the post-Panzer-Cops era, the government of Japan employs psycho-killer constantly-laughing-or-smiling white-painted-faced red-lipstick killers.
* FightInTheNude: Koichi fights off a lot of armed mooks with just a handgun and exaggerated martial arts.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Midori, a.k.a. "The Crack Shot," can snipe with a Mauser C96.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: After the Panzer Cops are disbanded, Souichiro's signature weapon becomes a pool cue. He can even throw it ''into a man's head''.
* InterserviceRivalry: Just as important as in ''Jin-Roh''.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: PlayedForLaughs as Koichi hilariously slaps and strips the clothes off of a gangster.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Most-prevalent in ''Stray Dog''
* {{Lolicon}}: In ''Stray Dog'', Inui accuses Koichi of having this kink due to his relationship with Tang Mei.
* MacGuffin: [[spoiler: It turns out that the main reason Bunmei was hunting for Koichi was to get his suitcase which is supposed to contain a suit of Protect Gear, but the suitcase was actually full of ''[[TitleDrop Red Spectacles]]''.]]
* MeaningfulName: '''Inu'''i, the "stray dog" from the manga who whose background and personality would later influence Kazuki Fuse. The name was re-used for the protagonist of ''Stray Dog''.
* MindScrew: Hoo boy. ''The Red Spectacles'' is about as close to a Creator/DavidLynch film as you can get without the man himself directing it. ''Stray Dog'' is less weird and more laid-back, but still has its moments.
* MysteriousWoman: The Red Riding Hood from ''Red Spectacles'' - nothing is ever explained about her, or why she appears in the situations that she does.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Multiple times.
* {{Retcon}}: The events depicted in the series, especially the Kerberos Riot, have been moved back from the 1990s to the 1960s.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In addition to their actions in ''Jin-Roh'', they also purposely recruit people [[ChildSoldiers 15-years-old and younger]], take hostages, hijack airplanes, etc.
* SceneryGorn: One chapter of the manga has pages full of views of junkyards and landfills.
* SceneryPorn: In ''Stray Dog'', quite possibly some of the most ever seen in anything involving Creator/MamoruOshii.
* SeriousBusiness: Eating fast-food while standing up.
* TheSiege: The Kerberos Panzer Cops held out for over forty days before finally surrendering.
* SpecialEffectsEvolution: The firearm props in ''The Red Spectacles'' are all either cap-firing replicas or non-firing models. The [=MG42=] used in ''Stray Dog'' is a real firearm converted to fire blanks.
* SunglassesAtNight: Koichi does this.
* SurrealHorror: [[spoiler: ''Red Spectacles'' gets increasingly Creator/DavidLynch like as it approaches the end.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Inui from ''Stray Dog'', much like Kazuki Fuse, has a high ratio of bullets used to people killed.
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