Trained wolves steal the show in ‘Wolf Totem’ film adaptation

Wolves who were raised from cubs and trained to give remarkable performances on camera are the big attraction in French director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s sweeping Chinese ecological epic, which is getting a much-deserved run on IMAX screens.

This adaptation of the best-selling novel is worth seeing just for a spectacular sequence depicting the wolves chasing a herd of prize horses toward a frozen lake during a blinding snowstorm — which appears to have been shot with minimal computer-generated fakery.

Not quite as compelling is the storyline about a Bejing student (Shaofeng Feng) assigned during the tail end of the Cultural Revolution (1967) to work in Mongolia, where an official (Yin Zhusheng) orders the wolves hunted down and killed to protect the horses. This is despite warnings...

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Sep 10th 2015
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