Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)

"Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade" is the third film entry in the Kerberos Saga, an alternate history political thriller series by Mamoru Oshii (Director of Ghost in the Shell and The Sky Crawlers). Set in the 1950's, Jin Roh depicts a history where the United States chose not to intervene in either World War, Japan sided with the Allies, and Germany defeated and occupied Japan for nearly 10 years, leaving the country in a state of political turmoil.

To cope with the increase in anti-government movements, the Japanese government founds the Special Armed Garrison, more commonly known as "Kerberos". The Kerberos squad consists of highly trained, heavily armed soldiers who utilize special suits of armor known as "Protect Gear", and is tasked with quelling anti-government movements through lethal force.

While the last film in the franchise, "Jin Roh" actually takes place first, depicting the events leading up to the "Kerberos Riot", an incident in which the Kerberos Squad is ordered to disband and refuse to do so, resulting in a bloody confrontation between the Kerberos Units and the Tokyo Capital Police. The other two films in the franchise, The Red Spectacles and Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops, depict the aftermath of the Kerberos Riot.

A note on the dates: The Kerberos Riot, and thus the events in Jin Roh, were originally set during the mid- to late-1980's. The Kerberos Saga timeline was retconned after the release of Jin Roh).

The following guns were used in the movie Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade



Mauser C96

The Mauser C96 is used by Kerberos Squad as their standard sidearm. Close examination reveals that the hammer does not have a hole. Mauser manufactured such models before 1899 (known as "cone hammer" early types). In the movie this weapon is either based on the old design, or it has been redesigned with a hole-less hammer.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser fitted with holster/stock combo - 7.63x25mm.
Fuse practicing with a C96 at the shooting range
An unnamed Kerberos member with a C96 with the optional stock attachment

Walther PPK

Fuse owns a Walther PPK which he keeps hidden in a book. This is likely a personal gun.

Walther PPK - 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Fuse's Walther PPK

Walther P38

A member of the Capital Police is seen using a Walther P38 during the film's finale.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
A plainclothes officer with the P38.
Another shot with the P38.


During the finale, a police officer shoots Fuse with a Leuchtpistole loaded with a HE round.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
Aiming the Leuchtpistole.

Submachine Guns


The PPSh-41 is used by the "Sect" members in the opening sequence.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Sect guerrilla with the PPSh-41.

Sten Mk. II

Several members of the "Sect" can be seen carrying Sten Mk II submachine guns.

Sten Mk II - 9mm Parabellum
"Sect" member carrying a Sten.

Bergmann MP18

A member of the "Sect" is seen carrying a Bergmann MP18, a relatively high-end weapon compared to his comrades' armaments. That weapon was quite expensive to make and it is likely that "Sect" obtained it from a fallen soldier/policemen. Model seen in "Jin Roh" is standard issue MP18/I - notice an angled magazine well (this is not magazine!) that was used for snail-drum magazines, same as for Artillery Luger.

Bergmann MP18 Sub Machine Gun with Box Mag - 9mm
The Bergmann MP18 slung on a Sect guerrilla's left shoulder.


The MP40 is used by the Capital Police on several occasions.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Fuse takes a MP40 off of a fallen police officer


The MP41 is used by the Capital Police during their search for Fuse in the sewers. In reality the MP41 was used by the German Police until the end of World War II, which explains why it is used in "Jin Roh" in similar application.

MP41 - 9x19mm
Capital Police officers with the MP41.
The MP41 being fired.


Mauser Karabiner 98K

During the opening narration, several Mauser Kar98k rifles can be seen in the slideshow depicting the alternate history behind the Kerberos Saga.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An anarchist fires the 98K at security forces.

Sturmgewehr 44

Fuse and several other Kerberos members are seen using Sturmgewehr 44 rifles on a target range.

Sturmgewehr 44 7.92x33mm
Kerberos officers firing the 44 at a shooting range.
Another shot of the officers with the 44.
Fuse firing the 44.

Haenel MKb 42(H)

During a training exercise, several Kerberos members in Protect Gear use Haenel MKb 42(H) rifles loaded with rubber training bullets. These were prototypes of Sturmgewehr 44, relegated to training purposes.

Haenel MKb 42(H) - 7.92x33mm
Note white stripes on the magazines indicating that they do not contain live ammo.
A closeup of rubber training bullet. Despite being non-lethal, one of the officers mentions how painful they are even while wearing Protect Gear.

Machine Guns


The standard weapon of Kerberos members using Protect Gear is the MG42 machine gun. As the Protect Gear severely limits the movement of someone wearing it in exchange for added protection, the MG42 provides a source of devastating firepower to compensate for a lack of mobility. One of the MG42's biggest drawbacks is its ammo capacity (a 50 to 250 round belt) compared to its rate of fire (1200 rounds per minute). The Protect Gear provides an interesting solution; a Kerberos member simply unloads the weapon upon contact with an enemy, cutting their target to shreds, then retrieves a fresh belt which is dispensed from the Protect Gear's backpack. The backpack also holds a spare/alternate barrel.

  • Trivia Note: The standard machine gun of the Kerberos Squad was originally the MG34, but was retconned as the MG42 in the second film, Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops.
MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
Fuse cleans and reassembles his MG42
Fuse reinserts the MG42's barrel
B&W photo of Kerberos with the MG42.
The MG42 fired at Sect guerrillas.
Fuse takes aim but refuses to shoot.

FG 42

The Kerberos members that Fuse meets with in the sewers near the end of the film use FG42 type I machine guns. In other entries in the Kerberos Saga, Kerberos members may opt to carry the FG42 in place of their standard MG42.

FG42, 1st pattern - 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
The FG42 machine gun being ported.

Heavy Weapons


A single "Sect" member is seen carrying a Panzerfaust recoilless gun.

Panzerfaust 44mm with 149mm warhead
Panzerfaust carried by a "Sect" member
A Sect guerrilla with the Panzerfaust in his backpack

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