YiFeng and Weiyi Lee are wildlife photographers working in and around the Sichuan and Amdo Tibetan Autonomous Regions in China. On one photoshoot they find a wolf and its mate, and some of their cubs, have been killed. One small cub survives and they decide to look after it and take it back to their home in Chengdu.
Having a wolf around the house causes all kinds of mischief of course, and when he has grown and one day escapes the confines of the house, they realise it is time to find Green (the name they have given the wolf) a new home.
They check out the local zoo, but the confined space and miserable looking wolves who live there inspire little confidence in Green’s future, so they decide they must return him to the wild. The problem is of course he has not been raised by wolves, and doesn’t know wolf-ways.
The film, which is beautifully told and shot, follows this process. It is set against the wide open prairies of Amdo, with snow peaked mopuntains and large grasslands. But most of all it is about the intimate relationship that has grown up between Weiyi and Green.
When herders threaten to kill Green, they take him to a local Living Buddha to get his protection for the wolf, and we see the care and kindness of the Chief Lama for all living beings, and the wolf is given blessings an amulet to protect him.
There are some truly amazing scenes in the film where Green looks out for his human parents, and where they act together in harmony, from howling duets to sharing food. The whole film is a marvel of human-animal interaction, and the film will live with you for a long time.
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