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Name: ARROW VIDEO
Number: AV088-BR

WOLF GUY (1975 / 2 DISCS) (BLU-RAY)

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.

Bonus Materials

High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original uncompressed mono audio
New optional English subtitle translation
New video interview with actor Shinichi 'Sonny' Chiba
New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida
Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Genre: Cult
Run Time: 86 mins
Number of Discs: 2 (DVD, BLU-RAY)
Audio: STEREO
Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
Actors: Sonny Chiba

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on August 11, 2017 2:23 AM
Once more Arrow Video brings out a quality edition of a classic Sonny Chiba film for fans of the actor and Japanese cinema to enjoy. This time around Chiba stars in the title role as the Wolf Guy, the last in line of a family of werewolves who now works as a detective who stumbles into a strange occurrence in the big city.

It seems that victims of a mysterious killer end up running down the street screaming about a tiger chasing them. With no one visible they end up ripped to shreds by what appears to be just that, a tiger. Chiba chances upon a victim and begins to look into the case, trying to solve the murders and prevent any more from happening.

As the case progresses Chiba finds that there is more going on here than expected. Corrupt government officials, a murdered singer and a plot to capture him to discover the source of his powers by a secret government organization all come into play at one time or another. It should be noted before you check this movie out that Chiba never turns full werewolf like we are used to. Instead as the moon changes his powers of perception and strength increase instead.

The film may lose something in translation but that doesn’t prevent it from being a fun movie to watch. I’ve said before that one of the great things about foreign films on disc is that you have the chance to witness the world of cinema through the eyes of another culture. That remains true with this release. That doesn’t make it bad but it does help to understand why things are done the way they are.

Based on the Manga of the same name, the film has developed a cult following over the years. Unfortunately for fans they’ve never had a great experience with it since most copies haven’t been what many would consider worthwhile. Arrow Video has changed all that with this release, offering a two disc set that includes both the DVD and blu-ray editions of the film. Finally fans can own a copy that allows them to see it in all of its glory.

Arrow has also piled on the extras here for fans like they always seem to do. Included this time are a new interview with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, an interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, a new interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida, a reversible sleeve with new artwork by Wes Benscoter and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet. All of this make this version the one to have on hand for fans of Japanese cinema, Sonny Chiba and those looking for something different.

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