The village of Higashi Yoshino is known as the place where the extinct Japanese wolves were last seen over 100 years ago. Carlos and his writer partner Abel Arcos visited the village for the first time in March 2015, and spent a month there to research about the village and write an original screenplay. They were inspired by the story of the extinct Japanese wolves as well as the movie "La Novia De Cuba," the story about a Japanese sailor who falls in love with a Cuban revolutionist, and the new film "The Wolves of the East" is positioned as a sequal to "La Novia De Duba." A highly distinguished Japanese actor Tatsuya Fuji plays the main charactor Akira, along with other professional and non-professional actors including some local villagers.


Higashi Yoshino village resident Akira (Fuji Tatsuya) becomes so obsessed with the phantasmal Japanese wolves that he loses his job and his friends. Consumed by delusional fantasies about the wolves and recollections of his travels to Cuba, Akira heads ever deeper into the Yoshino woods.


Director: Carlos M. Quintela (Cuba)
Location: Higashiyoshino Village, Nara

Japan, Uk, Switzerland, Brazil, Cuba / 2017 / DCP / 79min / Japanese with English subtitle



Carlos M. Quintela

Born in 1984 in Havana, Cuba. Received degree in Mass Media from Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana. Studied screenwriting at EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión) in San Antonio de los Baños. Wrote and directed several award-winning short films.



Nara Internatinal Film Festival 2016


Tokyo International Film Festival

Havana Film Festival


Theatrical release at Japan

World Cinema Amsterdam

Yoshino Japan Heritage Symposium in Shinjuku


Higashi-Yoshino Village

The ancient capital city of Japan "Nara".Among them, Higashi-Yoshino village is located in the east part of Yoshino which has Japanese history and myths .It is a natural rich mountain village surrounded by Yoshino cedar of Japan's three great beautiful forests, nurtured by the Takamigawa River and the Shigogawa River, the rich flow of the Yoshinogawa River. Extinct japanese wolf which people afraid as a vertex of food chain, was living to the end there, it is also the place where the "Tenchu Gumi" finished too early as a pioneering for the Meiji Restoration that triggered the growth of Japan as one of the world's leading powers. However, now under the creative village concept, that young people move to and settled villages is increasing.





Pedro González-Rubio, the winner of the Golden SHIKA Award at the Nara International Film Festival 2010, directed "Inori," set in Kannogawa in Totsukawa Village, Nara. The Great Eastern Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the disastrous flooding in Totsukawa Village 120 years ago, and "Hojoki" (an essay wrtitten by Kamo no Chomei in the 13th century) which laments the transience of this world... Pedro received these incidents as being directly connected to himself and thus his journey began. As if following "Hojoki," Pedro conducted his camera like Kamo no Chomei put his writing brush on paper. In September 2011, the Kannogawa region was subjected to disastrous flooding due to a large typhoon and suffered devastating damage. Rubio heard of this disaster just as he was about to start editing his film. Facing the reality the scenery of the small community he filmed will never come back, the filmmaker showed his determined responsibility and gave his full focus in editing. With profound feelings attached to the villagers and the director himself, "Inori" is completed in 2012, the year marking the 800th anniversary since the Hojoki was written.
Pedro won the Golden Leopard Award with this film at the 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2012.