hannibal rising tells the story of young hannibal, a phase of his life which is supposedly turned him into a cannibal. it begins in lithuania a country in northern europe, where hannibal lecter resides with his family in the castle. the world war ii is spreading across europe forcing his family to leave the residence and hide themselves in a house deep inside the woods where a very tragic incident starts to roll.

i really enjoy the beginning of the film until the scene where hannibal’s mother dies, and he starts to scream ‘mama, mama…’ then it’s completely gone into boring and sleepy mode. the story is set in lithuania during world war ii and later in france, yet surprisingly everyone seems to speak english fluently.

li gong portrays nicely in the role of hannibal’s aunt, lady murasaki who teaches hannibal kendo lesson. but first of all, she’s not japanese (western probably can’t tell the differences anyway), and second… what the heck with kendo? i know this is supposed to be an early life, teenage hannibal who cares nothing but revenge… unfortunately the film turns out to be just another psycho killer film filled up with blood and tasteless methods. if you like violence, i can tell you that there are other films a lot better than this one, such as ‘hostel’.

★★★☆☆ acting
★☆☆☆☆ actors/casting
★☆☆☆☆ story
★☆☆☆☆ music/sound effect
★★☆☆☆ direction/composition
★½☆☆☆ overall

movie: hannibal rising | director: peter webber| release: 2007