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Euro-AICN Special: An Interview with BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLVES director Christophe Gans from the Paris Underground

Father Geek here with a bit of uber coolness from the Paris subway... There are some MAJOR spoilers ahead (spoil the mystery type), mostly after a warning Adrien has posted below, I would totally avoid these if you haven't already seen this phantastic, magical, mystical motion picture.

This film made an old horror buff like Father Geek get very excited. Harry and I just love it. By all means catch it on the BIG screen if you possibly can. Annnnnnd if you live out in the boondocks grap a copy of the DVD for sure.

Now here's our off-the-cuff interview from deep beneath the streets of Paris in the former haunts of The Phantom of the Opera...

Adrien here ; has I was getting to my university in Paris, I went through the train station, has usual, but there was something unsusual about that day... It had started very well cause I had downloaded the Star Wars Episode II trailer, and it looked fantactic!

So I'm getting down the stairs to the subway, when I see an interesting face. Interesting meaning that it seemed familiure, taking his coffee. Adding all this up in a glipse of a second, I told myself, HEY! THAT'S CHRISTOPHE GANS !! Cool !!

I mean this is the guys who made "Brotherhood of the Wolves" and "Crying Freeman" !! Our own little Martin Scorcesse when it comes to movie knowledge !! Since I'm not really the type of guy who goes to a known personnality and tchats easely, I continued down the stairs... Then I told myself 'Hey come on now, your a film student, go see him, you might learn something about movies in general...'

So I turned around, and grabbed my balls, and went to see him.

The following will only feature the public side of the story, because he told me stuff like where he lives, etc... So I won't say anything about that, this for two good reasons: first off, it's not correct for his private life, and all second, he told me he knew AICN, and read it sometimes...

Let me just say before I start, in French there are two kinds of spoken languages, the very polite type, and the casual type. Useless to say I was using the polite type but he on the other hand was speaking the casual type, I mean this guys is really nice to people...

The beginning was something like a virgin steping on new grounds: "euh, hi, euh, ... I just wanted to say hi, and tell you how much I love what you do" he of course answered "Thanks" with a big smile than I noticed he was just closing a magasin with "...Woolves" on a page, so I kind of used this as an excuse to start up the conversation.

Adrien.M (me): so I see you're still reading papers about the "Brotherhood..."?

Christophe Gans: Well kind of, the news-stand clerk knows who I am and whenever he sees an article about the movie he tells me about it"

I thought "oh yeah, that's right, the DVD is coming out just now!" (a incredible Triple DVD with a booklike cover...,)

A.M: Oh that's right the DVDs are coming out!?

C.G: Yeah it is, are you going to buy it?

"Am I going to lie to him to please him, or shall I be honest?... Let's go for the honest one..."

A.M: Well... no, I don't think so

C.G: Why? (amused)

A.M: There are parts of the movie that I didn't understand, so it got over the cinematic view I had on it...

C.G: Really? What didn't you like?




A.M: I don't know how and why Grégoire de Fronsac (LeBihan's character) turns all of a sudden into a ninja type of warrior, I mean where did he learn all this??

C.G: Well, first of all he doen't turn suddenly, he had time to learn it from his brother Mani (Dacascos), plus when Mani dies, he takes all of that knowledge for him, and 'becomes' Mani...

A.M: In a Hong Kong style?

C.G: I guess there are references to the Hong Kong cinema.

A.M: Well absolutely, there are references to Sergio Leone's movies! (he said 'yes' with his head), plus you're the one who supervised the HK Collection Series ! (the HK Collection Series, is a series of something like 50 Hong Kong films that he personnally selected, it goes from Honda's 'Godzilla' to Woo's 'The Killer', passing by Harks' 'The Legend of Zu'...)

C.G: I guess you're right

A.M: What's with that sword?

C.G: That sword really existed, I saw it in an antique store once... I assume it didn't work like the one in the movie, it didn't used to come back and all, and I guess at that time, when a warrior used it once, that was it. Plus I think he got tangled up in it, probably smaking himself with it...

(We both laught)

A.M: What about the beast? Where did it come from?

C.G: Well it's a lion!

A.M: A lion?? the eye seemed more like a wolf ?!

C.G: No it's a lion, it's supposed to be a lion, Jean-François de Morangias (Cassel) brought it back from Africa, plus in the movie, deFronsac says "it's a beast in an arnor", so it's fare to assume that the unground people gave it it's armor... But you know, it's not supposed to be realistic...

A.M: I know, but...


C.G: Cause if you want realistic stuff don't watch it, nor my next one "Bob Morane" (The Adventurer ; 2002).

A.M: Yeah, Morane, How is that coming?

C.G: Well as soon as I'll be finished with my coffee, I'll head to the station for a train to Italie, for Pre-Prod.

A.M: Say, you wouldn't need someone to help with the coffees and all on the set, would you??

C.G: Well, sorry but no, since we're shoting in England and in Italie, the law says we need to take people from these countries... Thats why so many movies are made in Roumania and all, thats because, it less expensive.

And That's pretty much all I can decently say about our discusion, after signing a few autographs, he finished his coffee, which he almost hadn't touched, shook my hand, and went off to his occupation... Now I can tell you, with all he told me about 'Brotherhood of the Woolves", and how nice he was with me, I'm going to buys the triple DVD tomorrow...


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  • Nov. 17, 2001, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Possibly the best film of the year.

    by Kizeesh

    Forget potter or AI or anyhing else this is the movie that LOTR must live up to in my opinion. I think it has to be one of the worst shames of the year that very few people went to see it. I reviewed it some months ago but Harry never posted it on the site (boo hoo) here's the link to The Emporium (the site I write for): and my Brotherhood review:

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Brotherhood of the Wolf French 3XDVD CE

    by luke ca

    Picked this mother of all dvd's up yesterday. Amazing film with about 7 hours of extras. Seek this out as soon as you can. Stunning. One of the best films of the year.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I love this flick

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    Because I have no life, I've already seen it four times out here at various screenings. It's quite possibly my favorite movie of the year and I've gotten something new out of each time I've seen it. Great, great movie.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I hope to god it's better than Crimson Rivers...

    by Toe Jam

    ... cuz Crimson Rivers was a major letdown.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 7:20 p.m. CST

    3 disc dvd...

    by reni

    Can anyone tell me where I can get hold of this 3 disc job? Can you order it? It's not on Amazon.Fr... It looks fucking nifty.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Wanna read a great (German) review of this movie?

    by id69

    Go here:

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Brotherhood of the Wolf DVD

    by Meretean

    Well, it's still listed on : but it looks like it's sold out. Since it was a limited numbered collector's edition, I'm not sure they will get it again, so I'm afraid you are stuck with the 2-disc version. Oh, well, it was without English subtitles anyway, so I could only understand comments from Mark Dacascos and Dan Laustsen. I wonder if has any copies left - you need to search for Le Pacte des loups. The happy owner of #16934

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 4:56 a.m. CST


    by 81666

    Hey can any of you dudes help me? i'm trying to find out the name of the song that plays in the trailer for "Brotherhood of the wolves" i know it was also in the trailer for dark city but i can't find the name of it anywhere... thanks, guys... can't wait to see this one. -81666

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I'm really really sorry....

    by nimby

    ...but Brotherhood of the Wolf is not only not as good as you all think it is, but actually just straight up BAD. I realize that the movie SHOULD be cool (both in that it has all the trappings of a cool film as well as the prevailing film-geek opinion behind it), but it fails. Miserably. It's as though a bunch of dorks (that's you. and me, if we're honest) got together and tried to think of all the cool shit they ever wanted to be in a movie. "Hey guys, remember that movie we always wanted to make?" This is that movie. And it sucks. "How about a kung-fu native American with magical and arcane healing powers and a spiritual connection with the wilderness?" Awesome! An embarassingly romantic and utterly French take on the Noble Savage! know, I was going to keep writing but there's no possible way I could fully convey to you how you've all been suckered. This movie has Industry written all over it. It was not accidentally discovered as a cool movie, it was DESIGNED to be cool. Not to be good, mind you, but to be cool first and foremost. It was made with slobbering geeks like ourselves in mind and boy did you guys not disappoint. It is NOT Crouching Tiger; it is a cunningly marketed Gallic Pearl Harbor with penchant for slo-mo and puddles. You are all fools. Especially you, Harry. You should be ashamed.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    Why should anyone be ashamed of liking a movie even if one person thinks it's totally manufactured and contrived? I feel that way about "Fight Club," but don't begrudge (too much) the people who think it's the greatest movie ever made. I totally love "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and if other people find it hideous and false, so be it. That won't detract from my movie-going experience one damn bit.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by Sealman

    I'm french and I'm really ashamed about what Gans made with that movie. It's ridiculous : the poor guy tries to make some HK action scenes, but he hasn't got a clue about how to do it. Every scene is coming out from another movie : Jaws, Predator, The Blade... Wich could be fun, since all these movies are great. The thing is that Gans can't direct, he multiplies angles and effects, and the result is just laughable !

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by talbuckin

    This movie is an absolute disaster. in the Sitges Film festival it got laughs from the audience, with Gans there no less! Another mastershit from the director of Crying Freeman, which I consider overrated becaues everyone thinks is fucking shit. Crappy crappy and ridiculous. if only Vincent Dawn had directed this we would have a decent action movie...

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 6:32 p.m. CST

    the worst script of the year !!!

    by Bellock

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by 81666

    Hey HA-4 thanx alot, i appreciate it. also i actually want to see this film because of the look of it, i'm suckered in by the way mark decascos' suit looks, it's just cool-looking... (like an evil george washington) that and the way the trailer moves when people get knocked around and the whole scene seemed to slow down. But i was also suckered into movies likes this... like "the one" because of his choppy movement at end of the trailer and the giant mechanism in "13 ghosts" both films lacked a lot where in some things were stylishly good (ony the window panes and the giant machines and the deaths in 13GHOSTS)) to look at. which is sad because if you can design have something to back it up like plot, which i'm hoping BOTW is gonna have. Now mind you, i didn't think either "the one" or "13 ghosts" were going to be cinematic masterpieces but they were just complete let-downs... i hope BOTW is better than i expect though, sorta like City of lost children... -81666

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 1:50 a.m. CST

    artistic view.

    by 81666

    ughh... is it just me or did the text get really huge or am i flipping out?!? i just read the spoiler as it sped down or a key word cuz the words became friggin huge.... ARGH!!!!! (fix that!!!) btw: i think whover does those "THERMASILK" commercials (y'know the chick with the dragon, the man throwing the flaming blades at his girl, and the floating woman) and the GAMEBOY ADVANCE commercial for GOLDEN SUN should be given a cinematographer's helm on movies... whoever that is is visually gifted... holy F!! -81666

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 9:55 a.m. CST

    How to enjoy BOTW

    by SpacePervert

    It's a fairly long film, and it doesn't follow anyone's "Sacred Rules of Filmmaking", so you'll need a few essential supplies. 1. An attention span. 2. A sense of humour. 3. No preconceptions about any country's film industry, especially your own. If you are missing any or all of the above, don't bother. Go and rent Independence Day or something. Stop bothering people. I find it helps if you like cleavage, (or Mark Dacascos nekkid, whatever bakes your cake).