Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade ★★½

Jin-Roh has an excellent premise: in an alternate Japan where Germany occupied into the 1950s, a government-sponsored paramilitary unit clashes with an insurgent group called The Sect, whilst simultaneously battling for the unit's existence on a political level.

Despite an initially fascinating setting, and a strong re-imagining and use of the Red Riding Hood myth, the plot gets bogged down in its own twists and counter-twists, focusing on a romance with no passion and sidelining the action.

Full marks for the universe-building (Japanese people riding in German cars along tram-filled streets, reading German language fables, is intellectually fascinating) but it often feels like it's staged on a gorgeous but empty set, silently waiting for something gripping to happen on it.