by Marlan Moore | staff editor
Maybe. Maybe not. But a live-action adaptation of anime film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is definitely on the mind of Korean director Kim Jee-woon, whose latest film, The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, just made its way to theaters.
In a recent interview with Screen Daily, Kim Jee-woon states “My next project is most likely going to be a Korean film – a remake of Mamoru Oshii’s Jin-Roh that takes place in Korea. I have a couple of US projects that I’m considering – a sci-fi noir and an elevated action thriller. Nothing is set in stone yet, however.”
So, there’s that. Mamoru Oshii, the creator of Jin-Roh and the manga it’s based on — Ken-Roh Densetsu — actually wanted the story to be made into a live-action film from the get go, but wound up going with Production I.G to get the story made into an animated film.
Jin-Roh was originally released into theaters in 1999 and takes place in an alternate history version of 1950s Japan where Germany conquered Japan after World War II. The story follows para-military officer Kazuki Fuse as he deals with the trauma of watching a young suicide bomber die right in front of him and the relationship he develops with the suicide bomber’s sister. It’s a pretty bloody affair, all in all.
Kim Jee-woon’s other films include Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (which was remade as The Uninvited in the States starring Emily Browning and Elizabeth Banks) and weird western The Good, the Bad, and the Weird. With a pretty decent track record as a director, with some horror and straight-up action with Schwarzenegger under his belt, Kim may be the right guy for a Jin-Roh remake.
What do you think of Jin-Roh possibly getting a live-action remake? Is Kim Jee-woon the right guy for the job? Who would you want to see star (remember — it’s a Korean film, so likely it’d be a Korean cast)?