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The Wolves

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Time Out says

Hideo Gosha is virtually unknown in the West, and The Wolves doesn't show up in any film guide I'm aware of, but it's a yakuza movie in a class of its own, a stunningly realised thriller about a gangster (Nakadai, the singularly intense actor from Kagemusha and Ran) whose early release from jail precipitates further bloodshed even as he endeavours to prove his absolute loyalty by fending off a gang war. Set in late 1920s Japan, in the wake of a general pardon of prisoners, The Wolves is reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, a novel which has also been linked to Kurosawa's Yojimbo, Leone's A Fistful of Dollars and the Coens' Miller's Crossing. This melancholic, hard-boiled, and utterly gripping movie belongs in that company. Gosha's muscular, Expressionist colour imagery blazes through the screen.
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Release Details

  • Duration:133 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Hideo Gosha
  • Screenwriter:Kei Tasaka
  • Cast:
    • Tatsuya Nakadai
    • Noboru Ando
    • Komaki Kurihara
    • Kyoko Enami
    • Isao Natsuyagi
    • Tetsuro Tanba
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