WOLF GUY REVIEWED
“Wolf Guy” deserves to be seen by everyone. If you know a blind person, let them hear the movie and then describe the visuals. For those that need their hand held, Sonny Chiba plays a warrior werewolf. Still with me? Well, the government wants his blood to make super soldiers. There’s also an undead cabaret singer, a mystery killer and real surgical footage edited into this film for no real reason. It’s not Italian shark attack movie bad, but it’s pretty impressive.
On that same tip, what was the deal with the musical score? It sounds like Euro porn, but I desperately want to own it on Vinyl now. Toei is that classic Japanese studio that modern American audiences still don’t embrace. Chiba, animation adaptations and the classic Samurai films were great, but lacked the dignity of a Toho production. Toei wants you to feel the grim and sweat in their up-close carnage. That being said, this is still a street cred movie. Before Arrow released this film on Blu, it had never been released outside of Japan.
Archaic manga adaptations are kinda like that.
- New Video Interviews
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 1.0
RELEASE DATE: 5/23/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Film Score - 100%100%
The Plot Thus Far
Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba is a martial arts “manimal” in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan’s Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it’s a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind. Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970’s Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.