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The Blood of Wolves

Koro no chi
Japan 2018, 126’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Kazuya Shiraishi
screenplay: Junya Ikegami (na podst. powieści Yuko Yuzuki)
cinematography: Takahiro Haibara
editing: Hitomi Kato
music: Goro Yasukawa
cast: Koji Yakusho, Tori Matsuzaka, Yoko Maki, Shido Nakamura, Yutaka Takenouchi, Junko Abe, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yosuke Eguchi
producer: Kazuto Amano
production: Toei Company
sales: Toei Company
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Udine Far East FF 2018; Nippon Connection FF 2018, Sydney FF 2018; New York Asian FF; Bucheon International Fantastic FF

Film description

A hot summer of 1988, shortly after the introduction of laws radically restricting organized crime. A young, law-abiding police officer is partnered up with a seasoned detective who navigates through the brutal dealings with yakuza with the cunningness of an experienced predator. The detective's methods and close relations with the mobsters raise the suspicions of his superiors, and put the young man's idea of justice to a test. The world he discovers in the dark alleys behind old villas' soundlessly sliding doors, and in the exclusive cathouses, will leave a bloody mark in his memory.

Shirashi reboots the classic gangster cinema of Kinji Fukasaku, whose "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" was a direct reference point for the film. In "The Blood of Wolves" we also are thrown right in the middle of the battle between two rival gangs on the streets of Hiroshima, which is portrayed through Takahiro Haibara’s saturated frames and dynamic shots. From the very beginning, the expressive editing, fast-paced action sequences, and the unwavering cruelty leave the audiences breathless. But the real strength of the film lies in its brilliant narration, black humor and, most of all, in the undeniable charisma of the main character played by Koji Yakusho, whose cynical harshness is more powerful than the flying bullets.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Kazuya Shiraishi

Born in 1974, worked as an assistant to filmmakers, including Koji Wakamatsu. He made commercials, short films, TV series, and music videos. His debut was the 2009 "Lost Paradise in Tokyo," screened at Busan IFF. His next film, "Koyaku," brought him an award at the festival in Yokohama and several Japanese Film Academy nominations.

Selected filmography:

2009 Rosutoparadaisu in Tokyo / Lost Paradise in Tokyo

2013 Kyoaku / The Devil's Path

2015 Joshi no jiken wa taitei toilet de okorunoda

2016 Nihon de ichiban warui yatsura / No. 1 Bad Guys in Japan

2017 Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi / Birds Without Names

2017 Świt kociaków / Mesunekotachi / Dawn of the Felines

2018 Kew wilków / Koro no chi / The Blood of Wolves

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