The Blood of Wolves


Directed by: Kazuya Shiraishi
2018 / 126 minutes / Strictly 18+


A gritty cop thriller set in 1980s Hiroshima at the brink of a yakuza turf war

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Detective Ogami (Koji Yakusho) is an old school cop notorious for cutting deals with yakuza to solve cases. His methods may challenge police rules but he always gets results. His new partner, rookie cop Hioka (Tori Matsuzaka), has his reservations—an elite grad from the Police Academy, he’s a straight arrow who would rather arrest gangsters than befriend them.

When an accountant is reported missing, Hioka thinks they’re investigating a regular kidnapping case. However, as Ogami drags him along a trail of pachinko bars, yakuza lairs, and brothels, they discover that a war is brewing amongst the yakuza. Hioka soon realises that the Hiroshima underworld is a complex ecosystem that could explode at any time and that Ogami, corrupt as he may be, could be the only one skilled enough to diffuse it.

Director Kazuya Shiraishi (Birds Without Names) directs an ultra-stylish and visceral detective story filled with old school yakuza thrills and fresh twists, while Junya Ikegami’s solid script deftly guides the audience through the meandering world of cops and yakuza.

65th Sydney Film Festival – Official Selection; 17th New York Asian Film Festival – Official Selection

Despite having a large cast, audience won’t get lost in the story thanks to its well-paced script. Veteran Koji Yakusho (Tampopo, The Third Murder, Oh Lucy!) and Tori Matsuzaka (Call Boy, Birds Without Names) are perfect as the old cop-and-rookie duo, alongside a powerhouse cast with the likes of Yoko Maki (Yakiniku Dragon, My Uncle) and Pierre Taki (Rage, Outrage Coda).
Audience warning: Contains graphic violence and strong themes, nudity and sexual content.

Friday 19th October

Dendy Canberra Centre, Canberra

Friday 26th October

Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane

Saturday 3rd November

Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth

Friday 23rd November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Tuesday 27th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Saturday 1st December

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi

Original Story: Yuko Yuzuki

Screenplay: Junya Ikegami

Producer: Kazuhito Amano

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tori Matsuzaka, Yoko Maki, Junko Abe, Tomoya Nakamura, Takuma Oto and Pierre Taki

Format: DCP colour