Kim Jee-woon to Helm Live-Action 'Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade' Movie
Holy. Crap. It's happening. They may actually be making a live-action adaptation of Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, the anime by Oshii Mamoru from 1999. Those guys with the red eyes are the elite squad from it. There's a post on Twitch (via The Film Stage) saying that various "Korean outlets" have been reporting that Korean director Kim Jee-woon will be at the helm of the live-action Wolf Brigade movie. Kim is in the midst of finishing his English-language action film The Last Stand with Schwarzenegger and will apparently be going back to Korea to make the Jin Roh movie, first mentioned in '09. It will be retitled Inrang instead.
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade is an anime set within Mamoru Oshii's Kerberos saga, an alternate history of a totalitarian Japan about what would happen if Japan lost World War II to Japan's friends - the Germans. The fascinating story follows a member of the Jin-Roh Brigade, an elite secret para-military police force that's part of the Special Armed Garrison, who falls for the sister of a female terrorist who died in front of him on duty. There's obviously a lot more to it than that, but it's a very rich story that could make for great cinema, especially in the hands of Kim Jee-woon. His 2008 film The Good, the Bad, the Weird is packed with the kind of kick ass, energetic action that I hope we'll see re-envisioned in Inrang/The Wolf Brigade.
Kim Jee-woon is one a few highly regarded Korean directors breaking into English-language/Hollywood cinema. His filmography includes The Quiet Family, The Foul King, A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, The Good the Bad the Weird and one of our recent favorite films I Saw the Devil. While there are a few other filmmakers I wouldn't mind for this, I think it's a perfect fit for Jee-woon to take on The Wolf Brigade and I'm getting a bit too excited for how this will turn out. There's some great action and cool visuals in Jin Roh that will make for even sleeker, cooler visuals in a movie. We'll continue to keep an eye on this project.