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StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops
Straydog Keruberosu poster bak.jpg
original theatrical poster
Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Produced by Sumiaki Ueno
Daisuke Hayashi
Written by Mamoru Oshii
Starring Yoshikatsu Fujiki
Shigeru Chiba
Sue Eaching
Takashi Matsuyama
Music by Kenji Kawai
Cinematography Yosuke Mamiya
Edited by Seiji Morita
Distributed by Shochiku
Release dates
  • March 23, 1991 (1991-03-23) (Japan)
  • March 23, 2003 (2003-03-23) (US)
Running time 99 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Cantonese

StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops, lit. "Kerberos: Watchdog of Hell" (ケルベロス 地獄の番犬 Keruberosu: Jigoku no Banken?), a 1991 Japanese film directed by Mamoru Oshii and starring Shigeru Chiba and Yoshikatsu Fujiki. It is the first theatrical film related to the Kerberos saga manga Kerberos Panzer Cop, the second one being Jin-Roh (1999).

Kerberos saga[edit]

Overview[edit]

This film is the second episode of the Kerberos feature trilogy. It is preceded by The Red Spectacles, released in 1987, and followed by Jin-Roh premiered in 1999.

However the trilogy's timeline is set backward; this film is the prequel to The Red Spectacles and the sequel of Jin-Roh.

Kerberos[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Kerberos saga § Kerberos.

Primarily, the term Cerberos is a reference to Hades' three-headed watchdog in Greek mythology. It is also used to designate the Panzer Cops.

Protect-Gear[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Protect Gear.

The Protect Gear is the full body armour used by both the Kerberos Riot Police, the Metropolitan Police, and the Customs assault units. Various types are used within the saga.

Tachiguishi[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Tachiguishi.

As tachigui professionals, the legendary Fast Food Grifters have the privilege to eat in stand-and-eat street restaurants without paying.

Prequel (1988)[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Kerberos Panzer Cop.

StrayDog is the live action film adaptation and story extension of the 1988~2000, manga Kerberos Panzer Cop. This comic book was illustrated by Kamui Fujiwara and written by Mamoru Oshii. In the 1990s, the first volume was published in North America, Germany and United Kingdom as Hellhounds: Panzer Cops.

Story[edit]

Chronicles[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Kerberos saga chronicles.

Kerberos saga historical background and significant dates in both the real and fictitious History.

Prologue[edit]

The film begins with the last stand of the Kerberos unit. After disobeying an order to disarm and disband, they have held out for an unspecified time: talk between the fatigued Kerberos cops suggests that they might have been stuck there for three days, three months, to three years. A power amplifier system issues orders for a final stand and for Koichi Todome, Midori Washio, and Soichiro Toribe to come to the central building. A Kerberos named Inui wanders through the halls of the Kerberos headquarters and then witnesses officer Koichi Todome boarding a helicopter. Angry, Inui feels betrayed by his master and asks why he's running away and not fighting until the end like he has ordered to his men. As the helicopter takes off, the army breach the headquarters.

Plot[edit]

Three years later, Inui is released from prison and leaves Japan on parole. His contact from the mysterious Fugitive Support Group reported that Koichi Todome was exiled in Taipei, Taiwan. It is revealed later that Inui's release was engineered by the Public Security Force (公安部隊) and that his contact, Hayashi, is actually an agent of this intelligence service looking for Koichi who escaped once with the intention of creating a new Kerberos organization abroad and returning to Tokyo. Inui picks up on the trail of Koichi after finding Tang Mie, a teenage Taiwanese girl that Todome has been involved with. She tells Inui that Koichi also left her, and the two team up to search for the Panzer Cop officer. They find Koichi fishing pawns, and after a brawl, the trio settle down together.

However, the peace is soon broken. Hayashi contacts Inui to propose him a deal: either Koichi surrenders to be extradited and the Japanese government will be forgiving and allow the young man to remain in Taiwan with his beloved Tang Mie, or himself and Koichi will be hunted by the Public Security Force forever. In order to defeat the Public Security Force platoon, Inui needs Koichi's saved Protect-Gear and equipment. The two Kerberos fight together and Inui is the strongest. With his superior's suitcase in hand, Inui heads toward Hayashi's rendezvous point, an abandoned hotel. Inui confronts and captures the agent and orders him to help with the wearing of the Protect-Gear. Armed with Koichi's MG42 machinegun, Inui stalks the hotel and kills the Public Security Force squad. However, when killing the squad's leader in an abandoned Kerberos fortress, he is fatally wounded and passes away, in the ground, slowly, alone, like a dog...

Epilogue[edit]

Soon after Inui has been murdered, Koichi is left alone in Taipan, he grabs his now empty suitcase and returns to Tokyo. What happens to him in the capital as he seeks for the friends he once left there is narrated in The Red Spectacles.

Characters[edit]

The English version title, "StrayDog Kerberos Panzer Cops", was already used in the Japanese theatrical poster as well as in the domestic market VHS back cover, as an alternate title.

Audio[edit]

The OST Stray Dog Original Soundtrack is included as a bonus disc (DVD case) in the North American edition. As a comparison the bonus CD available in the Japanese release, Night Show, features the trilogy soundtrack, with 5 tracks per movie, plus 2 unreleased numbers from Akai Megane.

  • Japan 1991.03.21: StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops [CD] (Apollon, BCCE-1)
11 tracks
  • Japan 2003.02.25: Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy [4DVD+1CD+1BOOK] (Bandai Visual / Emotion, BCBJ-1519)
5 tracks
  • Japan 2003.03.26: Kenji Kawai Cinema Anthology [5CD] (King Record / Star Child, KICA-9601~4)
11 + 1 tracks
  • United States 2003.11.04: Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy [3DVD+1CD] (Bandai Entertainment, 2430)
11 tracks
  • Canada 2003.11.04: Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy [3DVD+1CD] (Bandai Entertainment, 2430)
11 tracks

Video[edit]

The LD "upgrade edition" includes a bonus disc featuring one hour of extra material including the documentary Dog Days. The latter was made available in the Dog Days After bonus disc available in the Japanese Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy boxset. This boxset was released in North America without the extra, namely a 76 pages book and Dog Days After.

  • Japan 1991.09.25: Keruberosu: Jigoku no Banken [VHS] (Bandai Visual, BES-567)
  • Japan 1991.12.19: StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops (upgrade edition) [2LD] (Bandai Visual / Emotion, BELL-475)
  • Japan 2003.02.25: Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy [4DVD+1CD+1BOOK] (Bandai Visual / Emotion, BCBJ-1519)
  • United States 2003.11.04: Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy [3DVD+1CD] (Bandai Entertainment, 2430)
  • Canada 2003.11.04: Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy [3DVD+1CD] (Bandai Entertainment, 2430) English subtitled
  • United States 2003.11.04: StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops [DVD] (Bandai Entertainment, 2432B) English subtitled

References to other works[edit]

Awards[edit]

Cast[edit]

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