For the 2015 Chinese film “Wolf Totem”, 35 Mongolian wolves were trained in China for over 4 years by a Scottish trainer, who trained them to sit, snarl, and fight on cue. After filming, the wolves were ultimately relocated to Canada, since they only understood commands in English

Wolf Totem (film)

Mongolian wolves (Canis lupus chanco) used in the film

In the novel and the film, Chen Zen is sent to work on the steppes of Inner Mongolia (a region of China) during the Cultural Revolution, and a government official orders all wolves in the region to be killed. The filmmakers used real Mongolian wolves (Canis lupus chanco) for the film. Annaud had experience filming with animals in his previous films The Bear (1988) and Two Brothers (2004), working with bears and tigers respectively. He said dogs were traditionally used to depict wolves in film but that he sought to use actual wolves to show authentically their hunting method.

Annaud and others visited zoos around China to find wolf pups to acquire for the film. He said, “Wol… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

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  1. JimmiRustle

    Yes, wolves would have hated it in Mongolia since hardly anyone speaks English

  2. l2ewdAwakening

    I thought this story was going to end the same as the Whistler dog sled cull…

    I was glad to be wrong.

  3. SatansFriendlyCat

    If you can teach English commands to a wolf, I’m pretty sure you can teach a Mongolian animal wrangler how to say them. Now they will pick up French instead and take up smoking and being unnecessarily argumentative.

  4. mortalcrawad66

    Wolf Totem by The Hu starts playing

  5. Clickum245

    But are they trained to understand *who’s a good boy?*

  6. meeez80

    They all ended up in Quebec.

  7. Por1quin

    Was the movie any good?

    I always think it is interesting hearing extreme film making stories like this especially when the film is bad or forgotten.

  8. borkborkyupyup

    Where they only understood scottish

  9. asian_identifier

    Also they tried to use cars during filming as little as possible so they wouldn’t destroy the grasslands.

    Also China unbanned the director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, to come make the film. He was banned for 7 Years in Tibet.

    Also, I saw the movie… it was meh

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