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Horror of the Wolf (1973)

Ôkami no monshô (original title)
A wolf finds himself transformed into a teenage boy.



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Credited cast:
Tarô Shigaki ...
Akira Inugami / Wolf Guy
Yôko Ichiji ...
Akiko Aoshika
Michiko Honda ...
Noriko Kimura
Yûsaku Matsuda ...
Dô Haguro
Toshitaka Itô ...
Rikiya Kuroda
Toshio Kurosawa ...
Akira Jin
Sayoko Katô ...
Ryûko Konuma
Masanobu Sawai ...
Masao Imanishi ...
Principal Ônuki
Kôichi Hayashi ...
Vice-Principal Morizuka
Kôtarô Tomita ...
Toku Nishio ...
Kôji Kawamura ...
Takeo Haguro
Ranko Mizuki ...
Fumi Tozaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto Fujita


A wolf finds himself transformed into a teenage boy.

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Release Date:

9 March 1973 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Crest of the Wolf  »

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2.35 : 1
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For the scenes where Akira Inugami is fully transformed into a real wolf, a hand-puppet (with light-up eyes) is used in close shots, while a German Shepherd is used for full action shots. See more »


Followed by Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975) See more »

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Novel Ookamino Emblem made into movie
19 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that's loosely based on Kazumasa Hirai's novel the Wolf Guy series. Actually this is the Young Wolf Guy series which the original story takes place in a high school. The movie does not follow the original plot, but borrows the the elements to create its own plot. Akira Inugami is an outcast because - he's different. He's a wolf guy. His super human power waxes as the moon reaches the full phase and he is invincible. Even bullets can't hurt him. But when the moon wains to new moon, his power goes back down to an ordinary human. So this is not your usual "warewolf" story, but the wolf guy is a new kind of a super hero. Combine that with the fact that he's a teenager in high school, and you have one explosive plot. Akira Inugami gets bullied in school because he's "different". Physically, he's got nothing to worry about, because he can beat the crap out of any bully when the moon is full. The real issue is that he's a lonely teenager with no one to confide his secret except for a young school teacher Akiko Aoshika. They are actually two of a kind. Hirai calls transformation of humans into animals "Zooantlophy". Aoshika is latent zooantlophy who haven't discovered that she can actually transform into a deer. CIA is out to capture Akira to dissect him and learn about the secret of his super human physique. Akiko is captured and Akira goes to rescue her at his weakest when the moon is new. Will he succeed ? Kazumasa Hirai is one Science Fiction writer who's works should be translated into English. His ideas are unique, exciting, and fresh. The original novel of this movie "The emblem of the Wolf" would make a great Hollywood movie, and his other Wolf Guy series novels (Such as the "Adult Wolf Guy series") are equally unique. Someone really should put a good subtitle to this movie.

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