Sunday, March 1, 2015

ENCHANTINGLY BEAUTIFUL 'WOLF TOTEM' EPIC DRAMA TRAILER BY JEAN JACQUES ANNAUD SET IN INNER MONGOLIA WITH WILLIAM FENG SHAOFENG IN THE LEAD ROLE!

'WOLF TOTEM' TRAILER
 FROM JEAN JACQUES ANNAUD
Now, do I have something exquisitely gorgeous for you today: the trailer you are about the see below is probably one of the most beautiful ones you will ever see! It is for stunning Chinese epic WOLF TOTEM which is currently breaking cinema records in China together with DRAGON BLADE and ZHONGKUI SNOW GIRL AND DARK CRYSTAL. Directed by the French director with impeccable vision and special sensibility Jean Jacques Annaud (SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, ENEMY AT THE GATES, TWO BROTHERS, DAY OF THE FALCON) this sweeping saga is the big screen adaptation of Jiang Rong's majestic novel WOLF TOTEM (which your dear spy lovingly translated years ago for the readers in his country) which took 40 years to be written while the movie took almost ten years in the making.
ENCHANTING MONGOLIAN SAGA
The story of WOLF TOTEM is set in 1969, when student Chen Zen (William Feng Shaofeng) is sent from Peking in China to the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia to teach shepherds. Instead, he learns about the shepherds and the bond they share with the wolves, a bond that is threatened by a government apparatchik. The sweeping saga tells of human bonding with the nature describing the captivating life of Mongol nomads and animals as well. With the budget of $40 million, the movie was shot for almost a year in Mongolia, and Annaud had to acquire a dozen wolf pups in China in order to train them for several years for the film. Annaud said one of the most challenging scenes was depicting a pack of wolves attacking horses during a blizzard in the middle of the night. The movie has also hit French cinemas this week! The music in the film was composed by James Horner.

20 comments:

  1. I would watch both of those, now that I know about them and you know why that is? Dezzy, of course!

    Jeremy

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    1. Under both you mean WOLF TOTEM and???? :)

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  2. Wow. That's going to be intense. Have you heard anything about how the animals were treated, Dez? The wolves and the horses?

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    1. I'm guessing they were well treated, otherwise the movie wouldn't be accepted by foreign audiences. Tones of animals were trained especially for the movie. The book glorifies the nature in the most beautiful of ways, so the movie must be like that as well.

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  3. I would see this.
    (Reminds me of another long ago childhood favorite book - "Call of the Wild," by Jack London, but I didn't want to see the movie.)
    Spectacular beauty - appreciate you, Dez!

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    1. yes, it has the similar premise of a young man bonding with a wolf, but this one has so many epic scenes with all other possible animals in the wild, that it kept me absolutely captivated while I was translating the book years ago. It's truly a one you remember forever. Hope the film is half that good

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    2. Wolves scare the hell out of me.

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    3. they're aint fun animals, unless they're cubs like the one from the poster

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  4. You captured/took a God and made it a slave...epic and foreboding words. This trailer was beyond epic and fascinating. Ten years and cub training and raising? Boyhood eat your heart out. I wish this movie could get to Jamaica. Probably won't but it looks amazing.

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    1. it's really interesting following the story after the cub grows and the wolf pack is trying to find him... even though the man who is raising him isn't evil.
      They also had to bring herds of antelopes to shoot some other magnificent scenes. It is truly a miracle of a book

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  5. Hi Dezzie....
    Hope you are well...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. More or less :) Did you like the trailer, Linda? It is really beautiful... and I know you love animals

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  6. Some of the subtitles were a little hard for me to read with the white on white, but yes, stunning trailer indeed! It sounds like a wonderful movie with an incredible story line!

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    1. It is also a wonderful book, one that all of your family members could enjoy :) because it has everything both for the adults and the kids. And when the film gets to USA you can watch it with the family as well

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    2. We definitely will! Mariah is going to be a vet, so anything with animals in it always gets her attention. I think she will love this one!

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    3. I can send you the English Word version of the book if you'd like :)

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  7. This does look like a visually stunning film with an intriguing story. Maybe I'll see it when it comes to DVD.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Unlike the book, which also has a political subcontext, the film is mainly focusing on the animals and the environmental issues! As you might know, the sandstorms which are decimating modern Beijing are product of the steppes of Inner Mongolia being destroyed and turned into deserts

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    1. you would enjoy the book too, Medeia! It is one of my fave ever!

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GIVE SOME LOVE TO YOUR DEZZY :)