UK distributor Anime Limited has revealed more details for the upcoming re-release of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade for the United Kingdom & Ireland.
The 1999 film from studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell), writer Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor) and director Hiroyuki Okiura (A Letter to Momo) is returning to the UK under Anime Limited with a collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack and a standard edition DVD release starting 28th October 2019. The film had been released previously by Studio Canal under their older label Optimum Asia in 2007 (like Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was).
The collector’s edition release will include the traditional Anime Limited style of packaging with its rigid box and clean artwork followed by a digipack to house the discs and also a 44-page booklet. The booklet features translated articles from Japanese materials such as the film’s production history (Jin-Roh, The Ultimate in Animation Cinema), an examination of the film’s layouts and meaning (The Language of the Art), a comprehensive interview with director Hiroyuki Okiura, and also both gallery and production sketches.
The Blu-ray and DVD discs will feature the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the Bandai Entertainment English dub, in addition to a couple of on-disc features such as trailers, English credits ending title sequence, and the “Speculate About Jin-Roh” interviews with Mamoru Oshii, Hiroyuki Okiura, Hajime Mizoguchi and Hiromasa Ogura.
About Jin-Roh (via Anime Limited):
In an imagined alternate history of 1950s Japan, Kazuki Fuse works as a member of a special police unit in the midst of riots and social disorder that plague the totalitarian society he serves. Bearing witness to the horrific suicide of a young girl in the midst of a police operation, Fuse is haunted by what he’s seen – a mental burden which sees him sent for re-evaluation by the police force for his inaction in the line of duty.
As he struggles to come to terms with the horrors he’s witnessed, Fuse meets the sister of the girl whose life he saw snuffed out before him, bringing about an unlikely friendship that leaves him questioning not only what is right, but also the reality he sees before him. However, nothing here is quite what it seems, and he finds himself thrust into the midst of danger and conspiracy at every turn as events brought about by powerful forces spiral out of control around him.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade will be available to pre-order across multiple retailers over the coming weeks. For those interested, Kim Jee-woon (I Saw The Devil) directed a live-action South Korean adaptation of the Jin-Roh story called Illang: The Wolf Brigade which is available to watch on Netflix right now.