Saturday, November 07, 2009

first squad

moment of truth...


it is 1943. the war on the eastern front is raging. as the nazis attempt to press forwards, the ahnenbre (a group dedicated to researching the occult and employing such forces to assist them in the war) begin to implement 'sword of vengeance'; the resurrection of baron von wolff, the long dead leader of a group of blood thirsty catholic crusaders.

meanwhile, the russians manage to track down nadya; a 14 year old girl and the most gifted student in the mysterious 6th division, who had been missing since the start of the war. now nadya must get help from the other members of the first squad - a group of teenage fighters with psychic powers - to help neutralise the threat of von wolff...

for me, a new studio 4°c film is always going to be something that catches my eye. and, when it's in russian, based on a russian manga, with a soundtrack by dj krush, i'm sold...

this is a very interesting piece indeed. the animation, which is never less than great, is interspersed with talking heads (mock); russian and german soldiers, psychologists and historians, who add context and detail to proceedings. oh, and krush doesn't let you down...

great stuff...

this was the uk premiere, hopefully a dvd will hit soon.

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