1h 57min | Thriller | Release Date: 23.02.2007
1952. In Lithuania, young Hannibal Lecter (Gaspard Ulliel), orphaned by the war and mute from the horrors he has endured, finds himself incarcerated in a Soviet orphanage. He makes a remarkable escape from the iron curtain and journeys to the outskirts of Paris, where his only surviving relative lives.
There Hannibal discovers his uncle has died. However, the man’s mysterious and beautiful Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki Shibuku (Gong Li), welcomes him home. Lady Murasaki’s kind and wise attentions ignite lifelong passions in Hannibal for fine food, music, and painting. She leads Hannibal to recover his voice, but she cannot help him banish the repressed memories that haunt his nightmares, or shield him from the evil that lives in even the most genteel of places.
Commencing his illustrious medical career, Hannibal obsessively tries to plumb the depths of his own subconscious. Hannibal’s ghosts prove to be real people – vicious, predatory war criminals – from whom he needs the answers to his past, and ultimately, revenge. This quest, however, will endanger everyone and everything he cares about, and nurture dark desires that will forever demand feeding.
“Hannibal Rising” shows the early years of one of the most notorious screen villains ever. The film was directed by Peter Webber (“Girl With a Pearl Earring”), written by Thomas Harris, based on his own novel. Film stars Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li and Rhys Ifans.
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