Mad Bull (1991)

Posted by Ray Sohn on September 26

Written by Koike Kazuo, author of Crying Freeman, Mad Bull is standard buddy cop fare, but with a disturbing mix of humor, drama, sex and violence. This episode is completely engrossing because it manages to encapsulate such a wide range of emotions, all layered underneath the forward momentum of the plot.

Now, the plot and characters are extreme exaggerations, or should I say aberrations. But somehow it all works out beautifully in the way that they temper the action with scenes of humor, pathos and a modicum of character development.

Honestly though, the ridiculous, unbridled creativity exercised in the action scenes are worth the price of admission alone.

Unfortunately, the series goes down hill after the first episode, so you might find yourself skipping around to just the juicy bits.

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This is a shared production blog for the forthcoming animated feature, "The Ruined Cast," written and directed by Dash Shaw. Produced by John Cameron Mitchell, Howard Gertler, and Biljana Labovic. Contributing artists are Jane Samborski, Frank Santoro, Lily Benson and Ray Sohn. Music by James Lucido.