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Wolf Guy (1975)

Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Horror | 5 April 1975 (Japan)
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and ... See full summary »

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Akira Inugami (as Sonny Chiba)
Kyôsuke Machida ...
Kato
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Yuriko Azuma
Saburô Date ...
Tsukada
Kôji Fujiyama ...
Seizo
Tooru Hanada ...
Inoue
Takeshige Hatanaka ...
Tsukada Member
Ryuji Hayami ...
Junichi Fukunaka
Jiro Ibuki ...
Nakao
Keiko Itô
Fukunosuke Izumi
Naoko Izumi
Haruki Jô ...
Yoshikawa (as Haruki Jo)
Osamu Kaneda ...
Hit Man
Shunsuke Kariya ...
Ishiguro
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Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and bloody death in the Tokyo streets plunges him into a far-reaching conspiracy populated by crooked politicians, naked white women, bit-players like Hideo Murota, a phantom tiger, and -- best of all -- a shadowy organization.

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This Toei-produced film is an unofficial follow-up to the Toho-produced film, Ôkami no monshô (1973), which in turn is based on the "Wolf Guy" novel/manga by writer Kazumasa Hirai. Akira Inugami is played this time by Shin'ichi Chiba. See more »

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An Entertaining and Over-the-Top Gore Feast
11 June 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wolf Guy (1975)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Sonny Chiba plays a detective who also happens to be the last member of a family of werewolves. On the force he uses his wolf senses to help solve crimes but the latest group of murders he's trying to solve won't be easy. People are screaming into a madness talking about a "tiger" when the next thing you know their bodies are being ripped apart. It's up to Chiba to try and figure out exactly what's going on.

WOLF GUY is a film that pretty much came out of nowhere to me. I'm a fan of Arrow Video so when they announced it most people were scratching their heads as to what it was. If you're looking for downright bizarre and surreal movies then you've got exactly that with this thing. It's part horror movie, part gangster film, part crime, part sci-fi and just about every other genre out there. You've even got long running stretches where the plot deals with syphilis as if this was one of those nutty sexploitation movies from the era! There's a lot going on here but sadly the film runs out of gas before it's over but more on that in a bit. There's still plenty of great stuff on display here so recommending the film is easy.

For starters, you get some outrageous and over-the-top gore scenes here that will have any gore hound screaming in joy. The scenes of the bodies being ripped apart and blood spewing everywhere certainly would have gotten the film a X-rating had it been released in America. If you thought Chiba's THE STREET FIGHTER was violence you ain't seen nothing' yet! Of course, Chiba is martial arts master so there are a great number of scenes where he has to battle a variety of men. The stunts are well-done and there's no doubt that they add some extra entertainment value. The film also offers up a lot of nudity and some bizarre sex story lines.

As you can tell, WOLF GUY is pretty wild on all exploitation levels. With that said, the film's third act does run out of steam and there's a great stretch of running time where the violence stops. It's really too bad they didn't keep up the pulp level but at the same time there's no question that the film deserves to be better known.


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