TIFF 09: Trailer Arrives For Epic WARRIOR AND THE WOLF
In the Era of the Warring States, before the unification of China, thousands of soldiers are dispatched to fight the enemy and conquer nomadic tribes. Sent to remote regions at the edges of the known world, the soldiers encounter many adversities, and the brutal challenge of survival often brings out the worst human instincts. But valiant Lu Chenkang (Joe Odagiri) belongs to a different breed. He is brave, loyal and extremely skilled in the art of war. Nevertheless, he is kind-hearted and averse to murder. Though he has a pet wolf cub, he keeps his own animal instincts at bay.
When his commander and friend, General Zhang Anliang (Tou Chung-hua), is badly wounded just before the incipient winter, Lu takes over command of the troops. Forced to find shelter in the village of the mysterious Harran tribe, he discovers a beautiful young woman (Maggie Q) hiding in his refuge. A widow shunned into solitude, she has a fierce personality and fights Lu in every way she can before surrendering to his passionate embrace, having fallen for him against her better judgement. She seems to possess the strange ability to take his mind to a place where memories collide with dreams and legends - a place where humans were once wolves.
The convincing performances of Maggie Q and Odagiri - two of today's most beloved Asian stars - bestow a touch of modernity to this epic tale of wild humanity. Painted with a wide palette of emotions by a master of cinema, the story unfolds at a quiet, pensive pace that stands in stark contrast with the violence of the battle scenes. Aesthetically thrilling and wonderfully passionate, The Warrior and the Wolf is a treat for the eye and an enthralling journey into a magical past.