Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops

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Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops (1991)

Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops is the second 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, The Kerberos Saga 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. As the political scene shifts, the Japanese government orders the Kerberos squad to disband. They refuse to do so, resulting in a bloody confrontation between the Kerberos Units and the Tokyo Capital Police known as the "Kerberos Riot".

Stray Dog opens with the last moments of the Kerberos Riot, then skips ahead to three years after the incident. The film follows Inui (played by Yoshikatsu Fujiki), a member of the Kerberos Squad who survived the Riot, who has recently been released from prison and flees to Taiwan. There he searches for his former commander, Koichi Todome (Shigeru Chiba). The film's events take place immediately prior to the events in The Red Spectacles and offer more information as to why Todome chooses to return to Japan.

A note on the dates: The Kerberos Riot was originally set during the mid- to late-1980's, with the events of Stray Dog occurring in 1995, but being listed as 1991 in the film. The Kerberos Saga timeline was retconned as being set during the 1950's after the release of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade).

See Also:Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, The Red Spectacles

The following guns were used in the movie Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops:

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Mauser C96

The Mauser C96 is used by Kerberos Squad as their standard sidearm. Inui appears to have reacquired a C96 after being released from prison, as he is seen carrying one while in Taiwan. A single Kerberos member can be seen holding a C96 outfitted with a stock during the Kerberos Riot.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser fitted with holster/stock combo - 7.63x25mm.
Inui bursts into Tang Mei's apartment, C96 at the ready.
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Close observation reveals that the squad member on the right is holding a C96 with a stock
Nothing can ruin your vacation quite like a Mauser in your face.
Inui fires at the last PSF member until his Mauser locks back.

MG42

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. The film goes into great detail when showing the operation of the MG42, as Inui is seen taking full advantage of the MG42's quick-changing barrel and high rate of fire.

  • Trivia Note: The standard machine gun of the Kerberos Squad was originally the MG34, but was retconned as the MG42 for Stray Dog.
MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser
The Kerberos Squad in full Protect Gear and armed with MG42s.
Three Kerberos members with their MG42s during the Kerberos Riot.
Two Kerberos members with MG42s restrain Inui as he watches Todome fly away from the Riot.
An MG42 can be seen propped up on the right side of a make-shift memorial at the site of the Kerberos Riot.
Inui dons his Protect Gear for the grand finale. Why the Public Security Force would even be willing to try and take on one of these guys is anyone's guess.
Inui retrieves a fresh belt of 8mm Mauser from his backpack...
...and places it in the MG42's chamber.
Inui opens fire with his MG42.
Inui opens the barrel lock on his MG42...
...drops out the overheated barrel...
...and slides a new barrel into place.

Galil SAR

Several members of the Kerberos Squad are seen using IMI Galil SAR rifles with synthetic furniture and shortened barrels, an unusual choice seeing as all of their other weapons are of German origin.

IMI Galil SAR - 5.56x45mm
A Kerberos member in Protect Gear fires his Galil SAR during the last moments of the Kerberos Riot.
A Kerberos member with his Galil SAR during the Riot.
A Galil SAR lays against the front tire of one of the Kerberos Squad's jeeps.
Several Galil SARs are used in a makeshift memorial at the site of the Kerberos Riot.

Norinco Type 86S

The Public Security Force agents from The Red Spectacles make a return for Stray Dog, this time carrying Norinco Type 86S rifles. The slapstick portrayal of the PSF is carried over from The Red Spectacles, so their Type 86Ss are seen in several unusual scenes.

Norinco Type 86S - 7.62x39mm.
A PSF member gets so bored during a stakeout that he actually places the barrel of his Type 86S up his nose. He must have a very boring job.
Who says alcohol and firearms don't mix? Wait... don't answer that.
A PSF member finds himself face-to-face with a Protect Gear-wearing Inui.
The PSF unloads their Type 86Ss at Inui.

IMI Mini Uzi

One PSF agent uses a IMI Mini Uzi submachine gun.

Mini Uzi SMG with stock folded - 9x19mm
The PSF member tries to use his Mini Uzi on Inui.

Leuchtpistole

One PSF agent uses a Leuchtpistole with a wire stock and loaded with HE rounds.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
The PSF member loads his Leuchtpistole
The PSF member fires his Leuchtpistole. Note the stock.
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Type 54

The last surviving PSF member manages to make brief use of his Type 54 pistol before being mowed down.

Type 54 - 7.62x25mm
The last surviving PSF agent cocks his Type 54.
The agent fires his Type 54 before Inui cuts him down.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

In keeping with the Kerberos Squad's theme of using WWII German weapons, several Model 24 Stielhandgranate grenades are seen in a shot of the aftermath of the Kerberos Riot.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Two Model 24 grenades lie discarded along with a supply crate, a helmet, a pair of boots, and a belt of ammunition.


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