Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Rising

Director: Peter Webber Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans

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Curious filmgoers looking to get better acquainted with the silver screen's most notorious cannibalistic serial killer are sure to get their fair share of shocks and thrills as director Peter Webber teams with author Thomas Harris to explore the early life of well-read psychopath Hannibal Lecter. Based on author Harris' gruesome novel of the same name, Hannibal Rising travels back in time to World War II-era Lithuania, where an impressionable, well-to-do young boy named Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) was forced to watch helplessly as his family was massacred and his young sister suffered a terrifying fate at the hands of desperate, famished soldiers. After seeking temporary shelter at the Soviet orphanage that was once his family's home, Hannibal later flees to Paris in search of his long-lost uncle. Though his uncle has passed away, his uncle's beautiful Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li), warmly accepts the frightened orphan into her home. But even the love and kindness of this generous stranger isn't enough to calm the raging storm that is brewing inside this troubled young boy. Plagued by nightmares and determined to seek vengeance on the murderous war criminals who brutalized his family, the profoundly disturbed but academically gifted Hannibal enrolls in medical school in order to hone the skills that will allow him to exact horrific justice.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2007
UPC: 0796019802413
Original Release: 2007
Rating: NR
Source: Weinstein Company
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 8,858

Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Hannibal Lecter: The Origin of Evil; Commentary by director Peter Webber and producer Martha de Laurentiis; Designing Horror and Elegance with production designer Allan Starski; Theatrical and teaser trailers; Language: English 5.1; Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gaspard Ulliel Hannibal Lector
Gong Li Lady Murasaki
Rhys Ifans Grutas
Kevin McKidd Kolnas
Dominic West Inspector Popil
Richard Brake Dortlich
Stephen Walters Milko
Ivan Marevich Grentz
Goran Kostic Pot Watcher
Charles Maquignon Paul the Butcher
Richard Leaf Actor
Ingeborga Dapkunaite Actor
Aaron Thomas Actor
Helena-Lia Tachovska Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Webber Director
Tarak Ben Ammar Producer
Valerio Bonelli Editor
James Clayton Executive Producer
Chris Curling Co-producer
Leo Davis Casting
Ben Davis Cinematographer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Lorenzo De Maio Associate Producer
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
Thomas Harris Screenwriter
Eddy Joseph Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Moravec Co-producer
Nenad Pecur Art Director
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Philip Robertson Co-producer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Martin Sebík Asst. Director
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Starski Production Designer
Oliver Tarney Sound/Sound Designer
Shigeru Umebayashi Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hannibal Rising
1. Casualties of War [10:15]
2. Soldiers of Fortune [8:03]
3. 8 Years Later [8:57]
4. Family Reunion [6:46]
5. A Grave Insult [11:15]
6. Inspector Popil [4:39]
7. Medical School [5:14]
8. Repressed Memories [9:34]
9. Das Mannlein Im Walde [7:34]
10. Fontainebleau [9:21]
11. The Graveyard Shift [7:59]
12. A Vendetta Revealed [5:50]
13. A Life for a Life [7:53]
14. Family Man [6:48]
15. Retribution [10:56]
16. Epilogue/End Credits [9:25]

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Hannibal Rising 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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HANNIBAL RISING may not be in the same league with its predecessors, especially SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, but it was written by the same author - both the novel and the screenplay - and so we must accept that the arc of the story of the murderous cannibal is intact. Where this version of how the child Hannibal became the crazed and bizarre man due to his witnessing the loss of his young sister to the appetites of hungry soldiers is less successful than the studies of the grown man is the lack of including the genius mind, epicurean stance, highly sophisticated art lover, and macabre sense of human relationships as shown in the boy to young man period. Filmed in beautiful color and atmosphere the story begins in WW II as stated above and as Hannibal the lad escapes the carnivorous appetites of the Nazi solders (including the evil Grutas as portrayed with gusto by Rhys Ifans!) and becomes Hannibal the young man (Gaspard Ulliel) who with the aid of his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu (Gong Li) continues to search out all of the soldiers who ate his sister. And in the end we do discover some hidden secrets about the now mature Hannibal Lecter. Director Peter Webber keeps the pace and the gore going and has at his side a fine supporting cast (Richard Brake, Kevin McKidd, Stephen Walters, Ivan Marevich, and Goran Kostic among others). Ulliel is credible in the minimal dialog is given and it probably is the fault of Thomas Harris that this young Hannibal doesn't show all the key characteristics he will eventually flaunt. It is not a bad film, just not one that will be remembered as well as the originals. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, the first 20 minutes or so were boring. I was actually about to walk out of the theater when it suddenly started getting good. This movie is just as or more violent than the others and the actor who portrays hannibal lector is a perfect fit (later on in the movie.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw it on the opening night, I was expecting to see the normal sort of 'Hannibal' movie, but this was better! Gaspard Ulliel plays him perfect, the movements were right on, you could tell that Gaspard had studied the way that Anthony Hopkins had turned Hannibal into the insane-physco killer that he "the character" is, he still made Hannibal likeable. The other actors and actresses were awesome! I could watch this everyday!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie blew me away the book did the same thing also hannibal lecter is one very intresting charecter gaspard did justice to the orginial hannibal lecter actor hopkins the book and movie are both very awesome and are very entertaining
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first viewed this movie in theaters I was quite disappointed by attempt to connect this story to the Silence of the Lambs series. I think if they just let this movie be its own entity aside from the whole Hanibal Lector ties it would be more enjoyable, but for any fan of the other movies (at least the original) this doens't seem to fit well in my eyes. Could they have found an actor to play the younger Hanibal Lector that looked less like Anthony Hopkins....doubt it. It was as if they had an idea how they wanted the movie poster to look and fit a story around how they could show the younger Hanibal in a similar mask as worn later and thus the horrible Samuri storyline included. *my 2 cents*
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read the prequel novel about hannibal lecter in a mer 2 or 3 days the book was awesome the movie was just as good as the book the direcator did the book justice
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I was hooked from the first minute of this film. I actually watched it 3 times in two days because it is so riveting. Gaspard is absolutely mesmerizing as young Hannibal and seems to relish his role in this movie. It is totally different from the others in the series but well worth your time. I am going to buy this movie. It is unusual and engrossing and I highly recommend it.
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