The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018)

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In 1988, the streets of Hiroshima are rife with yakuza, and loose cannon cop Ogami (Yakusho Koji) is rumored to be as corrupt as them. Rookie detective Hioka learns this the hard way when Ogami gives him a crash course in subterfuge and street smarts as the two attempt to shake down the mob. A missing persons case leads them into the thick of the action, and soon they find themselves caught in the crossfire of an escalating gang war. Shiraishi (Twisted Justice) once again delivers a giddily gritty and stylish crime opus of shootouts and severed pinkies that blurs the lines between justice and treachery.

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[It's] an appealingly hard-boiled tribute to Kinji Fukasaku's seminal Battles Without Honor And Humanity series from Toei, the same studio that released Fukasaku's yakuza films back in the '70s.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Just as the film pulls no punches when it comes to violence, it withholds the tension-breaking respite of pastiche.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You may approach The Blood of Wolves with a sense of nostalgia for yakuza films, but you'll leave with a sense that this pulpy genre has been injected with new life.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

If you think the yakuza is bad, just look at the cops.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The film really pops when it indulges in the nasty side of criminal behaviour, especially when the chaotic shootouts and gory limb severing sequences get excessively graphic.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Kazuya Shiraishi delivers more of a homage than a revamp in "The Blood of Wolves," a cop thriller based on Yuko Yuzuki's novel of the same Japanese title.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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