Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi Run Time: 96 min. Release Year: 1975 Language: Japanese
Starring: Etsuko Nami, Kumi Taguchi, Kyōsuke Machida, Shin'ichi Chiba, Yayoi Watanabe
“Three movies in one and they’re all stellar: Sonny Chiba descends into the criminal underground to track a psychic tiger force mauling members of a glam rock gang; a mysterious syndicate traps Chiba and the tiger lady in a Cronenbergian testing facility to weaponize their animal rage; Chiba returns to his ravaged wolfman village and declares another lady his wife / mother (you know, like any relationship).” — Jake Isgar, Letterboxd
Prepare for a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk. Directed by genre genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (SISTER STREET FIGHTER), Sonny Chiba’s karate-horror mashup WOLF GUY is an intense addition to the pantheon of unheralded ‘70s classics — and an eye-popping reminder that, at that time, the Japanese put more care towards cinematography and production design than any of their exploitation contemporaries (save for maybe the Italians.)
Chiba stars as the only survivor of an ancient werewolf clan who rely on supernatural powers to solve crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unknown force, Chiba uncovers a conspiracy to harvest his blood in order to steal his powers!
Restoration courtesy of Arrow Video and the American Genre Film Archive