Tokyo Stories: Wolf Guy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)

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A retrospective on (Tokyo based) Japanese cinema would never be complete without a Shin’Ichi “Sonny” Chiba flick. Chiba can be defined as the Japanese equivalent of Bruce Lee but the characters he portrayed were much more ambivalent and often outright vicious – like in the wildly popular Streetfighter series. Wolf Guy is no different. This absolute thrill ride of a film defies categorization as it blurs the lines between supernatural horror, martial arts and yakuza cinema with Chiba at its center as a violent crime solver with werewolf like abilities. This film is as amazing as it sounds. We’ll only screen this film once so make sure you don’t miss it. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Regie: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Cast: Shinichi Chiba, Kyôsuke Machida, Yuriko Azuma

Genre:

Actie, Horror

Land: Japan

Speelduur: 86 minuten

Ondertiteling: English

Kijkwijzer:
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Based on the popular manga series Wolf Guy by Kazusmasa Hirai, this mixture of horror and martial arts revolves around Akira Inugami. The lone survivor of a clan of werewolves, Akira relies on his feral, full-moon activated supernatural powers to solve crimes as “Wolf Guy”. When a bizarre murder takes place on the streets of Tokyo, he comes face to face with bizarre characters and a secret organization that is out to get his powers. Wolf Guy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975) would go on to be a major influence on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

► Wolf Guy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975) will be introduced by Leiden University lecturer and writer Tom Mes. His bibliography includes works about filmmakers Shin’ya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike. He was also co-founder of the leading Japanese cinema website Midnighteye.com. He often provides audio commentary and other contributions for Blu-ray and DVD releases.