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  • Summary: This anime film presents a Japan that lost a different Second World War -- not to America, but to Nazi Germany. Now, more than ten years after the defeat, the occupation troops have left, but their legacy is Jin-Roh's twilight-zone city where the domestic terrorism of "The Sect" plays out in everyday bombings and street battles against the counter-terrorist Capital Police -- and their elite armored, helmeted, and red-goggled Special Unit. (Viz Communications, Inc.) Expand
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  1. The plot is often bewilderingly complex and the dense layers of subterfuge hard to follow, but by the climax the fairy tale has been twisted into a fascist fable of realpolitik mercenary opportunism.
  2. Reviewed by: David Chute
    Where Okiura leads the art of animation into truly uncharted territory is in his character work, the precise behavioral strokes that bring people to life in two dimensions.
  3. 80
    A superbly crafted science-fiction fairy tale that's both Grimm and grim.
  4. Its plot and political symbolism manage to be both over-familiar and confusingly muddled.
  5. The story's emphasis is on action, but there are some sensitive moments and interesting ideas along the way.
  6. Dubbed for U.S. audiences, the film has suffered in translation.
  7. 40
    Something to behold; it's just not much to watch, despite admirable ambition and a few tense, well-thought-out sequences.

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