The Wolves (1972)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Gangster Film  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Wolves is set in Japan in the 1920s. The disintegration of the ancient samurai traditions is paralleled with the rise of the Yakuza, Japan's equivalent of the Mafia. Three gangsters try to keep themselves from getting killed, not only by their higher-ups but by those who perceive them as a threat against the old ways. Evocatively photographed, Wolves allows Western audiences a glimpse of an oft-ignored chapter in Japanese history.

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gangster, organized-crime, Samurai, generation-gap, aging