Live-Action Anime Adaptations Might Be Getting Better

There’s a Jin-Roh movie. It’s based on the 1999 anime version of Mamoru Oshii’s Kerberos manga. And damn, it looks pretty good!


The movie was announced back in 2012 and is slated for release this summer in South Korea. No word yet on an international release.

Kim Jee-woon, who helmed The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed the picture.


Unlike the original manga and anime, the movie adaptation is set in a fictionalized Korea in the future. North and South Korea have decided to unify, and pro and anti-unification factions appear. Violence ensues, causing the establishment of a special police force.

Longer trailer below.

This looks better than some of the recent live-action adaptations coming out of Japan—and Hollywood, for that matter.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I got the anime...

But for some reason found it to be really dull. THEN again, always found Ghost in the Shell animated movie really dull too.