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* DeconReconSwitch: The movie initially seems to be a straight up 80s' action flick with a cool and badass sunglasses wearing action hero, heroes wearing cool armor and mowing down dozens of mooks with ease. Then the film seems to turn into an over the top arthouse parody where Koichi takes down his opponents in completety ridicilous manners and finally [[spoiler:in the end we see the results of what would really happen to such heroes in a ruthless totalitarian country]].

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* DeconReconSwitch: Inverted into a Recon-Decon Switch. The movie initially seems to be a straight up 80s' action flick with a cool and badass sunglasses wearing action hero, heroes wearing cool armor and mowing down dozens of mooks with ease. Then the film seems to turn into an over the top arthouse parody where Koichi takes down his opponents in completety ridicilous manners and finally [[spoiler:in the end we see the results of what would really happen to such heroes in a ruthless totalitarian country]].


* DeconReconSwitch: The movie initially seems to be a straight up 80s' action flick with a cool and badass sunglasses wearing action hero, heroes wearing cool armor and mowing down dozens of mooks with ease. Then the film seems to turn into an over the top arthouse parody where Koichi takes down his opponents in completety ridicilous manners and finally [[spoiler:in the end we see the results of [[RealityEnsues what would really happen to such heroes in a ruthless totalitarian country]]]].

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* DeconReconSwitch: The movie initially seems to be a straight up 80s' action flick with a cool and badass sunglasses wearing action hero, heroes wearing cool armor and mowing down dozens of mooks with ease. Then the film seems to turn into an over the top arthouse parody where Koichi takes down his opponents in completety ridicilous manners and finally [[spoiler:in the end we see the results of [[RealityEnsues what would really happen to such heroes in a ruthless totalitarian country]]]].country]].

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* GenreShift: The movie starts as a science fiction action film and transitions into a surreal film noir after the 10 minute mark.


* LeFilmArtistique: Considering that it has a sepia gradient, a very small budget, several [[Postmodernism postmodernist elements]], and the fact that all the characters speak primarily in metaphors, this film fits this trope. Not surprising, considering how much influence it takes from the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave.

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* LeFilmArtistique: Considering that it has a sepia gradient, a very small budget, several [[Postmodernism [[{{Postmodernism}} postmodernist elements]], and the fact that all the characters speak primarily in metaphors, this film fits this trope. Not surprising, considering how much influence it takes from the UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave.


* LeFilmArtistique: Considering that it has a sepia gradient, a very small budget, several [[Postmodernism postmodernist elements]], and the fact that all the characters speak primarily in metaphors, this film fits this trope. Not surprising, considering how much influence it takes from the FrenchNewWave.

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* LeFilmArtistique: Considering that it has a sepia gradient, a very small budget, several [[Postmodernism postmodernist elements]], and the fact that all the characters speak primarily in metaphors, this film fits this trope. Not surprising, considering how much influence it takes from the FrenchNewWave.UsefulNotes/FrenchNewWave.

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* LeFilmArtistique: Considering that it has a sepia gradient, a very small budget, several [[Postmodernism postmodernist elements]], and the fact that all the characters speak primarily in metaphors, this film fits this trope. Not surprising, considering how much influence it takes from the FrenchNewWave.


The film is in the first entry in the Kerberos film trilogy[[note]]chronologically[[/note]] before ''Film/TheRedSpectacles'' and ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade''.

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The film is in the first entry in the Kerberos film trilogy[[note]]chronologically[[/note]] before ''Film/TheRedSpectacles'' ''Film/StrayDogKerberosPanzerCops'' and ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade''.


* FightInTheNude: Koichi fights off a lot of armed mooks with just a handgun and exaggerated martial arts.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Notice the FightInTheNude sequence? How a fairly grounded drama has this out of place moment and gets increasingly more absurd as it goes along? [[spoiler: The absurd nature is a hint as to movie we're watching is not quite reality, but Koichi's DyingDream.]]

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* FightInTheNude: Koichi fights off a lot of armed mooks with just a handgun and exaggerated martial arts.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Notice the FightInTheNude FullFrontalAssault sequence? How a fairly grounded drama has this out of place moment and gets increasingly more absurd as it goes along? [[spoiler: The absurd nature is a hint as to movie we're watching is not quite reality, but Koichi's DyingDream.]]]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Koichi fights off a lot of armed mooks with just a handgun and exaggerated martial arts.


* WorldOfHam: Especially evident with various characters in the movie, although Koichi tends to shout and yell when he fights (then again, [[Creator/ShigeruChiba considering who heís played by,]] thatís pretty much to be expected).

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* WorldOfHam: Especially evident with various characters in the movie, although Koichi tends to shout and yell when he fights (then again, [[Creator/ShigeruChiba considering who heís played by,]] thatís pretty much to be expected).expected).
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* WorldOfHam: Especially evident with various characters in the movie, although Koichi tends to shout and yell when he fights (then again, considering who heís played by, thatís pretty much to be expected).

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* WorldOfHam: Especially evident with various characters in the movie, although Koichi tends to shout and yell when he fights (then again, [[Creator/ShigeruChiba considering who heís played by, by,]] thatís pretty much to be expected).


* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Red Spectacles'' can be interpreted as an example of this to Oshii's previous film ''Film/AngelsEgg''. Just like that one it deals with a character trying to cope with a world he or she doesn't understand. ''Angel's Egg'' is even [[CallBack alluded to]] in a scene of ''The Red Spectacles'' where the main character points out that a dish named "angel's egg" is not served anymore.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Red Spectacles'' can be interpreted as an example of this to Oshii's previous film ''Film/AngelsEgg''.''Anime/AngelsEgg''. Just like that one it deals with a character trying to cope with a world he or she doesn't understand. ''Angel's Egg'' is even [[CallBack alluded to]] in a scene of ''The Red Spectacles'' where the main character points out that a dish named "angel's egg" is not served anymore.


Much of the film's cast is composed of Seiyuus whom Oshii had previously worked with in the anime industry, most notably Creator/ShigeruChiba and Creator/HideyukiTanaka.

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Much of the film's cast is composed of Seiyuus voice actors whom Oshii had previously worked with in the anime industry, most notably Creator/ShigeruChiba and Creator/HideyukiTanaka.


* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Koichi's years of preparation for his return ultimately amount to nothing as he's almost immediately gunned down after he arrives to the country.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Koichi's [[spoiler: (No metaphor intended) Koichi's years of preparation for his return ultimately amount to nothing as he's almost immediately gunned down after he arrives to the country.]]



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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Contrary to the rest of the ''Kerberos Saga'' which has an AlternateHistory DieselPunk setting, this film takes palace in the dystopian future of [[YearX 199X]] where technology is mostly at the same level as the year it was made, but has also made some advancements, like the Protect Gear armor.



* DeconReconSwitch: The movie initially seems to be a straight up 80s' action flick with a cool and badass sunglasses wearing action hero, heroes wearing cool armor and mowing down dozens of mooks with ease. Then the film seems to turn into an over the top arthouse parody where Koichi takes down his opponents in completety ridicilous manners and finally [[spoilers:in the end we see the results of [[RealityEnsues what would really happen to such heroes in a ruthless totalitarian country]]]].

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* DeconReconSwitch: The movie initially seems to be a straight up 80s' action flick with a cool and badass sunglasses wearing action hero, heroes wearing cool armor and mowing down dozens of mooks with ease. Then the film seems to turn into an over the top arthouse parody where Koichi takes down his opponents in completety ridicilous manners and finally [[spoilers:in [[spoiler:in the end we see the results of [[RealityEnsues what would really happen to such heroes in a ruthless totalitarian country]]]].



* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: The entire movie in itself. It also has this purpose for the whole film trilogy if you approach them in the order of their in-universe chronology.]]

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: The entire movie in itself. It also has this purpose for the whole film trilogy franchise if you approach them in the order of their in-universe chronology.]]


''The Red Spectacles'' (紅い眼鏡 Akai Megane) is a 1987 Japanese science fiction directed by Creator/MamoruOshii and written by him and Kazunori Ito. It stars Shigeru Chiba and Mako Hyodo. This film would be in the ''Kerberos Saga'' before ''Film/StrayDogKerberosPanzerCops'' and ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade''. The film is the sequel to ''Film/StrayDogKerberosPanzerCops''.

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''The Red Spectacles'' (紅い眼鏡 Akai Megane) is a 1987 Japanese science fiction directed by Creator/MamoruOshii and written by him and Kazunori Ito. It stars Shigeru Chiba and Mako Hyodo. This film would be in the ''Kerberos Saga'' first entry in the ''Franchise/KerberosSaga'' before ''Film/StrayDogKerberosPanzerCops'' and ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade''. The film is the sequel to ''Film/StrayDogKerberosPanzerCops''.

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