The penultimate character who appears in a trailer for Diabolik is the villain of the film. Since the main character is a thief and a murderer, he is actually a very good guy in the story: Inspector Ginko, played by Valerio Mastandrea. This incorruptible policeman, who had started as a tribute to Sherlock Holmes, was already in danger: Diabolical, this time played by the French actor Michel Piccoli. In every incarnation he is Diabolik’s sworn enemy, but also his respected rival, with a strange attitude of hostility and loyalty that unites them during their adventures. Let’s take a good look.
We know almost nothing about Ginko’s early days, including his real name. The only thing we know for sure is that he was the son of a judge, a man he deeply admired and who disappointed him impressively: His father was actually a corrupt judge who was caught and arrested by the police. Ashamed and betrayed, he legally changed his name to Ginko and swore that he would do justice as his father should have done. He moved to Chateauroque, a small state near France, where he became a policeman. But even here he did not find the environment he expected, because most of his colleagues were lazy, cruel, stupid or all together: Because he wanted to be a serious and honest policeman, he soon became a favourite target of his colleagues who harassed him on a daily basis. Even his private life didn’t go well, because his girlfriend Annalisa was constantly fighting with him, convinced that he valued his work more than his romance. His only friend was Mercier, the only honest cop he could find at the station. But he was demoted by him: The local museum had to display the legendary Devil’s Heart, a massive and priceless ruby, and other gems, and Ginko convinced Mercier to patrol the area more thoroughly than his colleagues had done before. Contrary to the order, Ginko decided to control a possible entrance that ignored all other police officers – the trapdoor in the museum park: It turns out he was right, because after he and his friend entered the hatch, he found two thieves in the sewers, waiting to take their own lives. In the subsequent shooting, Mercier was seriously injured and Ginko was left behind to save him so that the two thieves could escape. Instead of being praised for his deduction and for saving his partner’s life, Ginko was scolded and demoted for disobeying orders, for letting the thieves escape: It seemed to be the end of a promising career.
Ginko almost took his own life to fill in the paperwork, but waited in his place for someone who was positively impressed by his work: former inspector Guglielmo Pole, an officer who forcibly resigned because of his honesty, a fate similar to that of Ginko. Field drove Ginko to an alley where he showed him two policemen who beat up a drug dealer to get money out of him: Most of the district was corrupt, and Field was the only one fighting corruption… until today. The field became Ginko’s mentor and taught him unusual skills that enabled him to continue his personal . If Ginko was chained to his desk during the day, Paul would train him at night to be the perfect policeman, terrorizing criminals and corrupt colleagues. During his first unofficial mission, Ginko took over the murder report and treated a woman who was murdered shortly after Baron Pascal, a local nobleman with power and connections everywhere, was indicted. Ginko and Paula investigated the Baron’s case, helped by another friend of Paul’s, Sergio Fontaine, who learned that Pascal was planning to sell deadly laser weapons to foreign powers. Ginko broke into Pascal’s house and there he happened to discover that Annalise was cheating on him with José, one of the most corrupt policemen at the police station. When he entered the Baron’s room, the plans for the gun that had been stolen from someone else had disappeared, but Ginko was spotted. As a fugitive, he took refuge with Mercier, but his friend condemned him out of fear… only to be killed by José, who, like most inhabitants of the neighborhood, was in the baron’s wages. To take revenge, Ginko killed José, and while he was fleeing from the baron and his policeman, he even realized that Fontaine had helped him and Paul, not out of love for justice, but because he wanted to steal the baron’s drawings and sell the weapons. Ginko and Pole confronted Fontaine, arrested him and used him to destroy the baronial network of corruption and arms trafficking. Eventually Ginko was promoted and appointed detective. However, his stay in Shatorok was over and he asked to be transferred to nearby Clairville. He was ready for a new start, away from the ghosts of his turbulent past.
Inspector Ginko is a very intelligent, courageous and honest policeman with a great sense of justice, to whom he is fully dedicated and who is characterized by a constant loyalty to his role, his colleagues and sometimes his opponents. He is a brilliant detective who is used to thinking off the beaten track and has the honour of taking on any criminal who crosses his path, except Diabolik and Eva Kant, who always escape his grasp. He is also a skilled shooter, an experienced driver and a hand-to-hand fighter, and has several unusual skills, such as using evil masks to imitate others, unlocking locks and even safes, etc. He is also a skilled marksman, an experienced driver and a skilled hand-to-hand fighter. Undefeated and true to himself, Ginko is the supreme policeman, able to think like a criminal and thus prevent them in all their movements: the ideal opponent for the predatory genius himself.
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