'Wolf Totem' is an adaptation of the eponymous bestselling novel by Jiang Rong (pseudonym), published in 2004. The book tells the story of a young student, Chen Zhen, who is sent away from Beijing to work as a shepherd in Inner Mongolia, where he meets wild wolves. The movie follows the exact story and the filming team, led by French director Jean Jacques Annaud, decided they could make it seem real only if they raised and trained their own wolves in the Inner-Mongolian environment in China.

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