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      The Wolves

      1972 2h 11m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 79% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In 1923, Japanese mobsters Seiji Iwahashi (Tatsuya Nakadai) and Gunjiro Ozeki (Noboru Andô) are arrested in the midst of a violent gang battle. Four years after their conviction, there is a regime change in Japan, and the new emperor pardons many prisoners, including Iwahashi and Ozeki. When they reunite with their former associates, they find that the criminal codes they live by have been abolished. Worse, their gang has deadly new leaders who don't take kindly to Iwahashi's mistrust of change. Read More Read Less

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      John D A Yakuza genre piece with the scope and character development of The Godfather. Well shot, transcending the typical conventions. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Great cinematography!! cool ending!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Visually stunning...exhibiting the best of Gosha's talents...with every shot providing an oppurtunity for the further analysis Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Brutally stylish, haunting, and tragic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Yakuza backstabbing and movie theater massacres. And in the middle of it all is the great Tatsuya Nakadai. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Known under the english title THE WOLVES, this intense and gripping yakuza tale of honor and betrayal during the 1920's is a lost gem of the genre! One man's loyalty to the yakuza code is crushed in an industrial changing Japan where only money and power are respected and tradition is loosely used to empower the greed of the hypocritical. With a slow pace and a story that feels you've entered a maze of deception and corruption this movie is not for a novice of the genre. It's brutality explodes from the screen like a rush of adrenaline dissipating the set pace in an instant and allowing the viewer to experience the violent world of the yakuza. Our hero is tough and yet naive holding on to tradition with fervor only to find out that he is the only one honoring the code!! Possibly one of the best yakuza movies ever made! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In 1923, Japanese mobsters Seiji Iwahashi (Tatsuya Nakadai) and Gunjiro Ozeki (Noboru Andô) are arrested in the midst of a violent gang battle. Four years after their conviction, there is a regime change in Japan, and the new emperor pardons many prisoners, including Iwahashi and Ozeki. When they reunite with their former associates, they find that the criminal codes they live by have been abolished. Worse, their gang has deadly new leaders who don't take kindly to Iwahashi's mistrust of change.
      Director
      Hideo Gosha
      Screenwriter
      Kei Tasaka, Hideo Gosha
      Production Co
      Tokyo Eiga Co Ltd.
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      Japanese
      Runtime
      2h 11m