Amidst the turbulent political climate following WWI and the first Sino-Japanese war, the Japanese are taking a rapidly-increasing economic and political interest in the northern Chinese region of Manchuria. Japan and its Kwangtung Army wish to take over the region from China in order to safeguard their interests from the imposing Soviet Union and the spread of communism. The members of the Sakurai Kikan, a special intelligence agency among the ranks of the Kwangtung Army, must overcome film theft, foreign espionage, the spread of Pan- Asianism, and their most testing trial of all - the Manchurian Incident.
Senkou no Night Raid relies on the ‘random stories in the first half, actual plot in the second’ formula, which, in my opinion, hardly ever works. The whiplash-inducing tonal shifts usually do their series a disservice, and this one is no exception. The beginning section wastes time on inane plot points, such as... read more
What I Liked: Impeccable attention to detail on historical events, even going so far as to present a fictional "other side" account of the Manchurian Incident. Handles language well, as the members of the Sakurai Agency (and some others) are depicted as bilingual (with varying levels of fluency) and some scenes are completely in Mandarin. Great soundtrack adds to the action and suspense of the series... read more
|Night Raid 1931: The Shipboard Shoot's Conclusion||DVD Special||2010||Prequel|
|Night Raid 1931: Prophecy||TV Special||2010||Recap|
|Night Raid 1931: Demon of the Opium Den||DVD Special||2010||Side Story|
|Night Raid 1931: Panther Atop the Snow||DVD Special||2010||Sequel|
|Night Raid 1931 Picture Drama||DVD Special||2010||Side Story|