ⓘ The Wolves (1971 film)

The Wolves (1971 film)

ⓘ The Wolves (1971 film)

The film was released theatrically in Japan on 30 October 1971 by Toho. The film was released by Toho International in the United States with English subtitles on 7 June 1972.


1. Reception

Vincent Canby of the New York Times reviewed the film in 1982, describing it as "a rather enjoyable if often mysterious and esoteric entertainment for someone coming upon the genre for the first time." Canby concluded that the film was "resolutely sentimental and picturesque" and "a most peculiar mixture of stylized prettiness and blood and gore, which is, I suspect, the films main purpose" and "makes a feeble stab at social criticism" and that a viewer may "not understand everything thats going on in The Wolves, but I doubt that youll be bored." Time Out declared that, while "Hideo Gosha is virtually unknown in the West", The Wolves is "a yakuza movie in a class of its own" and "a stunningly realised thriller", concluding that "Goshas muscular, Expressionist colour imagery blazes through the screen."