In an authoritarian Japan, Fuse, part of an anti-terrorist police brigade, faces an internal enquiry. On a recent operation he hesitated to kill a female terrorist because of her youth, giving her time to blow herself up. He is then haunted by the event, and deals with the effects of his inaction.
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The score will be stuck in your ears even after you're done watching this film and you won't be able to help yourself but recall all those amazing scenes and let them play out in your head, over and over and over again.
This movie was devastating in the way that only subtlety can create. Some say "lack of character development"--I say it's all in their faces and their actions. Some say "heavy-handed" allegory--I say true to the spirit of the myth but conveyed through an alternate setting.This is for people unafraid to pull back the veil of cynicism long enough to fully acknowledge the sweet pain surrounding their defensive bubble.
Saw it for the first time at a comic convention about when it came out, and only recovered it years later. When compared to many of Oshii's (here only as screenwriter) older movies, this one is pretty easy to find. It is much less known than "Ghost in the shell", yet it gives a good idea of what was Oshii's dystopian Kerberos-Panzer-Cops' world. The link with 'little red riding hood's tale is solid and 'perspective'.
The animation is very sharply drawn filled with a monochromatic palette of browns and greys all engulfed in this dark atmosphere. The colors were very soothing for me as there were no sharp contrasts. The sound effects are among the best and most realistic I ever heard in any anime.
As for the script, well I had a really hard time not dying of boredom while the story unfolds.
The time-tested pairing of gorgeous visuals and solid soundtrack almost never fails. Unfortunately, their unwelcome friends dead-horse-beating-Red-Riding-Hood-allegory and meager-character-development had to come too, otherwise I would have definitely given a 5.