The Warrior and the Wolf
|The Warrior and the Wolf|
|Directed by||Tian Zhuangzhuang|
|Produced by||William Kong|
|Written by||Tian Zhuangzhuang|
The Warrior and the Wolf|
by Inoue Yasushi
|Edited by||Wenders Li|
|Distributed by||EDKO Film|
The Warrior and the Wolf (simplified Chinese: 狼灾记; traditional Chinese: 狼災記; pinyin: láng zāi jì) is a 2009 Chinese historical action film directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. It tells the story of the battle between two ancient warriors. It is Tian's latest directorial effort since 2006's The Go Master.
General Zhang is the commander of a northern border's army camp which repels the attacking barbarians every year. When snowfall make the support of the base with supplies impossible, the troops return home.
Lu Shenkang is a newly recruited soldier who was a shepherd, has no courage and tries to flee the army on several occasions. Lu bonds with General Zhang and when the barbarians attack and take him hostage, Lu exchanges him with a captured tribal prince.
The wounded General Zhang returns home earlier and Lu stays in charge.
When the winter's snow arrives, he leads his men on the trip home. Due to the harsh weather they take refuge in the Harran tribe's village where Lu takes a hut and woman for himself.
Shortly before the soldiers leave the village to continue their return home, the woman tells Lu that legend says that being intimate with outsiders leads to them becoming wolves.
The army marches on and are attacked by wolves. A following sand storm kills all but Lu who returns to the village.
Years later the barbarians surrender to Imperial China and General Zhang returns to the region to deliver the court's messages.
Two of his men shoot at wolves and are found dead in the morning.
General Zhang is bitten to death by two wolves after riding out to a deserted fortification.
- Maggie Q - woman of the Harran tribe; actress Maggie Q was cast in the lead role in September 2008 as a replacement for Tang Wei, who was originally to take the role. Due to Tang's role in Ang Lee's sexually explicit Lust, Caution, however, she was banned from acting in mainland productions by the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television.
- Tou Chung-hua - General Zhang
- Joe Odagiri - Lu, a soldier who was a shepherd
Critical reception was generally poor. Perry Lam writes in Muse Magazine, 'The original story is both a heartfelt tribute to physical love as a life force and an angry condemnation of the aggressive instincts of human beings... To transport the story to ancient China, and, through the novelty of casting, to have a Japanese actor play the role of a Chinese warrior and an American Vietnamese play a Chinese widow, is not to challenge the imagination but to impoverish it.'
- Lim, Marcus (2008-09-25). "Maggie Q to star in 'Wolf'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
- Lam, Perry (November 2009). "'Lost message'". Muse Magazine (34): 102.