|Featuring:||Shaofeng Feng … Chen Zhen
Shawn Dou … Yang Ke
Ankhnyam Ragchaa (Ankhnyam Rachaa) … Gasma
Yin Zhusheng … Bao Shunghi
Ba Sen Zha Bu (Basen Zhabu) … Bilig
Baoyingexige … Batu
|Director:||Jean-Jacques Annaud—“Two Brothers” (2004), “Enemy at the Gates” (2001), “Seven Years in Tibet” (1997)|
|Producer:||China Film Co.
|Distributor:||Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In 1969, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia to teach shepherds. Instead, he learns about the shepherds and the bond they share with the wolves, a bond that is threatened by a government apparatchik.
a poignant film with stunning locations and photography about the relationship between man and nature, a small work of art, a journey of discovery of Mongolia and its people
Chen Zhen lives among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads’ traditional enemies—the marauding wolves—to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world. The film is based on the semi-autobiographical 2004 Chinese novel of the same name by Lu Jiamin under the pseudonym Jiang Rong.”
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…lupine thrills and pack mentality… “Wolf Totem” has undeniable elemental, even spiritual, power at its disposal. …at times fantastically exiting, at others bogged down in muddy metaphor … [3/5]
—Phil Hoad, The Guardian (UK)
…boasts outstanding production values… magnificent natural vistas and some pulse-pounding action in stunning 3D… boils down to a familiar environmentalist allegory that doesn’t move or provoke too deeply.
—Maggie Lee, Variety
…A blockbuster made in China, for China… “Wolf Totem” wants to look and feel like those Hollywood movies we all “know and love.” But something ends up lost in translation. Its aspirations of looking and feeling recognizable end up uncomfortable and embarrassing. … [1½/4]
—John Semley, The Globe and Mail