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Zhuangzhuang Tian (screenplay)
Yasushi Inoue (novel)
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2 October 2009 (China) See more »
The disillusioned general of an ancient Chinese army regiment finds himself stranded in a village populated by a strange clan with mystical connections to wolves. | Add synopsis »
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Fortissmo Films
 (From ioncinema. 12 May 2010, 3:58 PM, PDT)

Key Players in the Cannes Market: Fortissmo Films
 (From ioncinema. 12 May 2010, 10:00 AM, PDT)

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Directed by
Zhuangzhuang Tian 
Writing credits
Zhuangzhuang Tian (screenplay)

Yasushi Inoue (novel)

Produced by
Yang Du .... planner
Sanping Han .... producer
Xiaoli Han .... executive producer
Tao Jiang .... executive producer
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Hao Li .... producer (as Hao Lee)
Satoru Ogura .... producer
Ellen Poon .... co-producer
Ge Song .... executive producer
Alice Yeung .... associate producer
Daniel Yun .... executive producer
Original Music by
Wei Du 
Evgueni Galperine 
Sacha Galperine 
Li Zhao 
Cinematography by
Yu Wang  (as Wang Yu)
Film Editing by
Wenders Li 
Production Design by
Weixin Liu 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
Makeup Department
Bryan Blair .... special makeup effects shop technician (as Brian Blair)
Ben Bornstein .... special makeup effects shop technician
Len Burge .... special makeup effects artist: sculptor
Steve Buscaino .... special makeup effects shop technician
Earl Ellis .... special makeup effects artist: sculptor
Mark Garbarino .... special makeup effects designer
James Kagel .... special makeup effects artist: sculptor
Gil Liberto .... special makeup effects shop technician (as Gilbert Liberto)
Shaun Smith .... special makeup effects coordinator
Art Department
Travis Fike .... artist
Sound Department
Andrew Neil .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Tu .... sound designer
Terry Tu .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Tu .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician
Justin Ditter .... special effects technician
Deborah Galvez .... special effects technician
Jeff Jingle .... animatronics designer
Cass McClure .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Mauricio Baiocchi .... visual effects supervisor
Kirstin Bradfield .... digital compositor
Aidan Fraser .... digital compositor
Tiffany Griffin .... compositor
Ntana Key .... supervising digital colorist
Melissa D. Moss .... digital compositor
David Philogene .... digital artist
Ellen Poon .... visual effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Matt Garner .... additional editor
Other crew
Mark Garbarino .... principal puppeteer

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Also Known As:
"Lang zai ji" - China (original title)
"Warrior & Wolf" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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101 min | Canada:100 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Warrior and the Wolf, 23 January 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Nice poster, nice trailer, disaster of a film. I didn't expect to discover something so bad so early in the year, but I did. If you're looking for a film that's self-indulgent to the point that the narrative doesn't make sense, nor even attempted to tell a proper story, then look no further than Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang's The Warrior and The Wolf.

If there's only one plus point, then I'd say to watch this for the lusciously beautiful cinematography which captured plenty of postcard picturesque landscapes that will take your breath away, and one action scene involving a large stampeding pack of wolves. Otherwise, the film is wrong on many counts, starting with the casting of art house darling Jo Odagiri opposite Maggie Q, both of whom cannot speak Mandarin and had to rely on dubbers to speak on their behalf. Which of course is a curious case of casting, since I for one amongst the audience gets disturbed when the lip movement doesn't sync with dialogue.

Why these two were chosen I have no idea (Maggie Q replacing Lust, Caution's Tang Wei actually), but probably because of the fact that the film contained rape scene after rape scene, that it really went overboard. What more in a very uncreative, repetitive coming from behind each time, that I wonder what Tian Zhuangzhuang actually wanted to infer from gratuitously boring sex that never seemed to know how and when to end.

Based upon the short story by Japanese writer Yasushi Inoue, the film is set during the warring states period, and tells of the tale of a warrior Lu Chengkang (Odagiri), an indecisive chap who one day on his way home with his troops, chance upon the nomadic Harran tribe, and forces his way to a woman, played by Maggie Q. To follow the story is extremely tiring because the narrative flits back and forth with nary a proper transition to cue you in, and made worse by Odagiri having to play his character from hero to cad, from determined leader to indecisive chap.Maggie Q fared no better though, and had absolutely zero chemistry with her co-star.

Then there's the myth inserted that the Harran people were once wolves, but at this point you'll probably give up by the lacklustre storyline, the needless graphical sex (with blink and you miss peekaboos) that had the lovers just go on continuously like jackrabbits, and wondering just what everyone was possibly smoking to have had this project green lit and shot. You'll wonder what it's angle is about, and just what it was trying to achieve with bad filming techniques making its convoluted narrative worst off.

You have been warned to skip this.

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