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Last of the Wolves

Koro no chi: Level 2
dir. Kazuya Shiraishi
Japonia 2021, 139’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
Fr 19 Nov, 21:00
Kinoteka 1
Kinoteka 1
Mo 22 Nov, 17:30
Muranów
Muranów
Online Availability
17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere: Udine Far East Film Festival
Credits
Japonia 2021
Duration: 139’
director: Kazuya Shiraishi
screenplay: Ikegami Junya
cinematography: Kato Kohei
editing: Satake Soichi, Yono Katsuhiro
music: Yasukawa Goro
cast: Matsuzaka Tori, Suzuki Ryohei, Katase Rina, Murakami Nijiro, Nishino Nanase, Shibukawa Kiyohiko
producer: Amano Kazuhito, Takahashi Daisuke
executive producer: Kii Muneyuki
production: Toei Company, Ltd.
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

The actions of the authorities are effectively forcing the yakuza to bury the war hatchets and (more or less) settle down. But underneath the surface, the underworld is bustling with frustration, the old conflicts are still simmering, and the boiling blood of young wolves knows neither order nor harmony. A young, ambitious police officer is determined to do anything in his power to stop the bloodshed and erosion of this precious, delicate harmony.

Kazuya Shiraishi, the author of films such as "Birds Without Names," "One Night," "Dawn of the Felines," and "The Blood of Wolves" is one of the most interesting Japanese voices of the middle generation, with a unique grip on urban energy. He often uses stylish generic conventions and confronts his protagonists with dramatic choices, creating a cinema combining great entertainment with a powerful psychological experience. In "Last of the Wolves," he follows the author of the novel the script was based on and creates an utterly unromantic, bitter image of mob entanglements and the world ruled by a very particular ethos, whose limits are set by greed and scuffles on the power ladder than the honor inherited from the samurai ethos. The film is set in 1990s Japan, taking us on a doubly nostalgic journey – to the extravagant aesthetic of the period and to the best era of Japanese gangster cinema.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Kazuya Shiraishi

Born in 1974, worked as an assistant to filmmakers such as Koji Wakamatsu. He made commercials, short films, TV series and music videos. His 2009 debut, "Lost Paradise in Tokyo," was screened at the festival in Pusan. His subsequent film, "Koyaku," brought him the award at the festival in Yokohama and several nominations for the Japanese Academy Film Prizes. Valued for his skillful use of genre conventions, which he fills with psychologically powerful plots.

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 Krew wilków / Koro no chi / The Blood of Wolves

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