Is Kim Jee-woon Planning a Live-Action Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Movie?


Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade (1999) Movie PosterYes, if Internet reports are to be believed. (And we know how reliable those are. Ahem.)

In any case, according to some Korean outlets (via Twitch), South Korean director Kim Jee-woon will be returning to his homeland after wrapping up the Arnold Schwarzenegger actionfest “The Last Stand”, in order to begin work on a live-action film based on the 1999 Japanese anime “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade”.

(I reviewed the title years ago here. Honestly, though, it’s been so long I can’t say if I remember all that much about the movie, though re-reading (er, re-skimming) my review, I seemed to have liked it. A lot.)

The original was directed by Hiroyuki Okiura and co-written by its creator, Mamoru Oshii (of “Ghost in the Shell” fame), and is set in a parallel reality where the Nazis won World War II. The story follows a member of an elite para-military police force who falls for the sister, a girl in a red hood, of a female terrorist courier that died in front of him while he was on duty. Complications, as they say, ensue. (See a trailer for the film below.)

The live-action Korean movie is still in the early stages, and is said to be going under the title of “Inrang”.

Before he came to Hollywood for “The Last Stand”, Kim Jee-woon was already a major name in moviemaking, having directed Internationally acclaim films like “The Good, the Bad, the Weird”, “I Saw the Devil”, and my personal favorite, “A Bittersweet Life”.

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  • Brent McKnight

    Yes please. And A Bittersweet Life is one of my all time favorite movies.

  • ErickKwon

    I can already picture Lee Byoung-hun in the lead…

    And if it’s localized it to Korea in the right way, it could really expand on the movie’s world. Can’t possibly be weaker than the three Japanese live-action movies

    • Dedpool

      Didn’t even know there were exisiting live-action films. i completely agree with your assesment of what they could do though. One of the few anime that are easily translatable for the most part.

      • ErickKwon

        Correction, there are two live-action movies. Got confused because they were released in a Mamoru Oshii boxed set with a third unrelated movie. Saw them right after “Jin-Roh” and they’re frustrating at best. “The Red Spectacles” is like an ambitious student/art film while “Stray Dog: The Kerberos Corp” is closer in tone and concept to what “Jin-Roh” turned out to be. Both were made and set in the 90’s and “Jin-Roh” was sort of a prequel-retcon but I don’t think either really worked in as much world-building. Really hope this happens since I’m a sucker for Asian alternate history flicks like “Jin-Roh” and “2009: Lost Memories”.