Wolf Totem

September 11th, 2015


Wolf Totem

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During China's Cultural Revolution, a young urban student is sent to live with Mongolian herders, where he adopts a wolf cub.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.7/10 (1,604 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stars: Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa

In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.

Writers: Jiang Rong, Jean-Jacques Annaud

Shaofeng Feng - Chen Zhen
Shawn Dou - Yang Ke
Ankhnyam Ragchaa - Gasma (as Ankhnyam Rachaa)
Yin Zhusheng - Bao Shunghi
Ba Sen Zha Bu - Bilig (as Basen Zhabu)
Baoyingexige - Batu


Official Website: Mars Distribution [France] | Official Facebook

Country: China, France

Language: Mandarin, Mongolian

Release Date: 11 September 2015

Filming Locations: Inner Mongolia, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

16 wolves and a dog stunt-double emigrated to Canada after retiring from film-making. They currently live in the ranch owned by their animal trainer Andrew Simpson (February, 2015). See more »

User Review


Rating: 9/10

It saddens me that this film will not receive a wider audience. With an English title of "Wolf Totem" very few outside of France or China will be tempted to see it, but it is their loss.

Wolf Totem manages to bring to the big screen the majesty and mystery of wolves. But it is much more than a National Geographic or Animal Planet documentary. (Although those in themselves would be a great success.) It also invites us into the world of Inner Mongolia and tells a compelling tale of human love and loss. This is not Le Renard et L'infant (The Fox and the Child). It succeeds in telling a much grander tale. The acting is all very believable and unlike the usual over-the-top soap opera-esque fare available in most Chinese cinema.

But come for the wolves. I could howl their praises all night long.


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