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Red Spectacles, The
The Red Spectacles is the first 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".
The Red Spectacles picks up immediately after the Kerberos Riot and follows senior detective Koichi Todome (Shigeru Chiba), a member of the Kerberos squad who manages to escape from Tokyo, only to return several years later for unknown reasons. The film is mostly known for its unusual narrative style. After Todome returns to Tokyo, the entire film switches from color to black-and-white, and every event is told through symbolic and comedic imagery, masking the film's true tone.
A note on the dates: The Kerberos Riot was originally set during the mid- to late-1980's, with the events of The Red Spectacles occurring in 1995. 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, Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops
NOTE: Being that this was filmed in Japan, none of the firearms are real and are most likely capfiring blowback replicas.
The following guns were used in the movie The Red Spectacles:
The MG34 is the primary weapon of the Kerberos squad.
C96 - M712 Schnellfeuer
The Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer is the standard-issue sidearm of the Kerberos squad, and is also used by other characters in the movie.
The MAC-11 is seen in the opening shoot-out.
The Heckler & Koch MP5SD is seen in the opening shootout.
MGC M16 Replica
An MGC M16 replica is seen in the opening shootout.
Beretta Model 12
A hit squad, sent to assassinate Koichi Todome use Beretta M12s, all of whose members wear mime-like white face paint for no apparent reason. Koichi commandeers one of these submachine guns and fires it at the hit squad.
An Uzi is seen in the aftermath of the opening shootout.
A guard outside the illegal noodle stand is seen with a M1928 Thompson.
The cook running the illegal noodle stand has a M1911 tucked in the strap of his apron.