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Wolf Totem-Movie Review *** 07/02/2016

Posted by Films to consider in Beijing International Film Festival, China Film Directors' Guild Award, Drama, Hong Kong Film Awards, Movies.

WOLF TOTEM (Chinese) 2015

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa

Among other awards and nominations:
WINNER, Tiantian Award-Best Director, Jean-Jacques Annaud; Best Visual Effects-Christian Rajaud , Jianquan Guo, NOMINATED, Tiantian Award-Best Picture, Beijing International Film Festival
NOMINATED, Best Screenplay (Wei Lu), China Film Directors’ Guild Award

During the Cultural Revolution in China, two students are sent to live with a nomadic tribe of sheep herders in Inner Mongolia for two years. There they are to teach the herders, and also work with them. One of the students, Chen Zhen (Shaofeng Feng), has an encounter with a wolf that has a profound effect on him. He decides to capture a wolf cub and raise it.

A beautifully filmed story from French director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, known for movies such as Seven Years in Tibet, Quest for Fire, and The Name of the Rose, among others. Some of the Special Features about the film show how the wolves were trained and treated before, during, and after the filming.

Highly recommended. ***
121 min. Rated PG-13.



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