Kim Jee-woon Plans Live Action JIN ROH: THE WOLF BRIGADE

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Get ready for something spectacular. Korea's Kim Jee-woon - soon to make his English language debut with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring The Last Stand - has big plans for his next Korean film and it's something that should leave anime fans very, very happy.

According to multiple Korean outlets Kim is now planning a live action adaptation of Oshii Mamoru scripted anime feature film Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade. Directed by Okiura Hiroyuki the 1999 original film is, in my opinion, one of the greatest animated films ever made, a spin on the Red Riding Hood tale set in a parallel reality in which the Nazis won World War II and Japan now exists as an oppressive military state patrolled by heavily armored state police, one of whom builds a relationship with a young girl who is part of a violent protest movement.

Jin-Roh is a story that perfectly balances an intimate story against an epic setting, and action against character. It is also very much a story that plays directly to Kim's greatest strengths as a director. Ghost in the Shell director Oshii Mamoru, who wrote the original Jin-Roh script as well as a related manga, has previously directed a number of live action films set in this world but nothing that tackled the sweeping story of the animated film and none of his films had the financial resources to really do the story justice.

Kim's version - titled Inrang - appears to still be in the early planning stages.
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  • prboyle

    He made "A Bittersweet Life," which is more than remotely close to a bad film.

  • A Bittersweet Life is fabulous. One of his best.

  • Elijah

    Absolutely agreed. So much so, in fact, that I'm kind of baffled by the initial statement. I know that everybody is entitled to their own, unique opinion and that tastes vary wildly from person to person in such a subjective entertainment medium... But is this dude trolling? 'Cause fuck, man.

  • Chuck

    Just because it is a Korean Film doesn't mean it will be good, there are plenty of shitty Korean films out!

  • None of which have been made by Kim Jee-woon. The man is a flat out genius who has never, ever made anything even remotely close to a bad film. He's definitely got some I like better than others but Kim's 'weak' films are better than most directors' very best.

  • Juan

    Woah, I thought it was gonna be a Hollywood production when I first heard this news on another site. Now that I know it's a Korea one, color me excited.

  • NateDizzy

    Interesting. Jin-Roh is definitely a hallmark of anime. I wonder what Kim's take will be?

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