Studio: Production I.G,
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura,
Screenplay: Mamoru Oshii,
Genre: Alt. History, Psychological Thriller, Action, Drama
This is a masterpiece of anime. It is an extremely polished movie with lots of ladders, snakes and risks included, with no weaknesses, no yaoi/kawaii bullshit, no sugary cutesy cuteness. Based on Mamoru Oshii's manga Kerberos Saga, with the screenplay written by the man himself, and directed by his longtime pal Hiroyuki Okiura (who has also participated in making of the phenomenal Ghost In The Shell), it's grim and unsettling, filled with usual Oshii trademarks and style, such as slow, hypnotic pace, trams, brooding atmosphere and gritty art style. To put it simple, it's depressive as hell, but that's exactly why it is so powerful.
If the police force has to wear those things, then the world must've gone really down the shitter.
That's why this movie is awesome!
And that's why I don't like Miyazaki.
It does even have some touches of art-house cinema.
Whether you like this movie or not, with Mamoru Oshii you can be sure of two things: ass-kicking balls-to-the-wall action and dark drama that will make you want to kill yourself.