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Three years on, The Blood of Wolves (JFF 2018) saga continues with the ferocious and hyperbolic Last of the Wolves. After police detective Shōgo Ōgami's death in Hiroshima, his protégé, detective Shūichi Hioka (Tōri Matsuzaka), is left with the responsibility of keeping the yakuza gangs in check. Inheriting his bloodline as the ‘lone wolf’, Shuichi’s methods of control are as shady and as ravenous as his looks. Thanks to the help of his informant Chinta (Nijirō Murakami), who infiltrates the yakuza undercover, bloodshed has been avoided and countless lives protected from the outbursts of gang wars. But this complex equilibrium is suddenly in jeopardy when the sadistic and hot blooded gangster Uebayashi (Ryōhei Suzuki) is released from prison.
Director Kazuya Shiraishi’s blood thirsty sequel wildly diverges from the hard-boiled crime thriller novels by Yūko Yuzuki, becoming a brand new story crafted specially for the silver screen. Dark, dramatic, and action-packed, Shiraishi stunningly interweaves hair-raising, gruesome battles with complex interpersonal drama, leaving viewers holding their breath until the very end.
Thursday 28th October
Niiro Murakami, Tōri Matsuzaka