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Wolf's Calling

17m Short, Music, Suspense 2019

After director Toshiaki Toyoda was arrested in April 2019 for unlawful possession of a handgun (which was actually a familial keepsake) and eventually released without charge, he responded with this 17-minute period drama based on his experience. A girl finds an old handgun in her attic and the symbolic object conjures a mystical scene of samurai (a stellar cast of actors joined by the 20-person Edo punk band Seppuku Pistols, who also provide the soundtrack) gathering within the moss-grown location of Kasosan Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture. Director’s note: “Turn up the volume!”

Available streaming territory: U.S. only

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Toshiaki Toyoda


in Japanese with English subtitles



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