Wolf Totem

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As a visual experience, Wolf Totem boasts thrills that compensate for the significant narrative sacrifices made in bringing Jiang Rong's novel to the screen.

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While staying with the nomadic herdsmen of Mongolia, a young Chinese student (Shaofeng Feng) develops a fascination with the wolves that roam the plains.

Cast & Crew

Shaofeng Feng
Chen Zhen
Yin Zhusheng
Bao Shunghi
Xilindule
Petit Bayar
Tumenbayaer
Shartseren
Alain Godard
Screenwriter
Lu Wei
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John Collee
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Jean-Marie Dreujou
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James Horner
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  • The greatest aspect of "Wolf Totem" is the gorgeous, sweeping cinematography that captures the landscape in breathtaking aerial shots and crystal-clear color. The story has its touching moments but dissolves into disjointed melodrama.

    September 14, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Something ends up lost in translation. Its aspirations of looking and feeling recognizable end up uncomfortable and embarrassing.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's no denying the beauty of the film's imagery, violent and tender, or the emotional power of the final moment in the boy-and-his-dog love story.

    September 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Characters seem carved from a much larger narrative. The landscape and painstakingly trained wolves are the true stars.

    September 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Annaud's adaptation of Jiang Rong's Chinese novel is a visual wonder but a dramatic dud, a cut-and-paste mess of plot snippets, illuminated by the occasional inspired visual conceit.

    September 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Epic in scope, yet at the same time intensely intimate in its handling of its protagonist's inner life, it's a unique wildlife tale that sets a tribe of humans against a majestic pack of wolves.

    September 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 10, 2015
    A horridly depressing tale of man vs. wolf with the wrong side winning. Annaud ruins the gorgeous scenery by having us believe some strange wolf logic and losing a grand ecological lesson which could have been learned.
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