Hannibal Rising

Release Date: February 9, 2007

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No one with dimples this nice could ever be a serial killer, let alone a cannibal. Right?

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47/50 Michael Bentley Let's just forget this happened. Though not technically bad, it's not scary, thrilling, dramatic, or even interesting in any way.

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Hannibal Lecter remains one of the most fascinating characters in our culture. Thomas Harris's creation has been the subject of four feature films - Manhunter, the Academy Award winning Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon. Now, a new chapter in the life of the ingenious serial killer will be released. Author Harris's new novel hits stores in early December of 2006, and the movie based on his own screenplay will follow in February of 2007.

Hannibal Rising will look at a portion of Lecter's life that has never before been explored - his formative years, the ones that make him the monster he is. The story begins during World War II at the Lithuanian castle built by Lecter's ancestor, Hannibal the Grim. Somehow, the boy is able to escape the terror of he Eastern Front and the dark aftermath of Soviet rule. He moves to France and lives with his uncle's widow, a mysterious and beautiful Japanese woman who happens to be a descendant of Lady Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji. She helps him deal with his troublesome memories of the war, and also tutors him in the ways of art. Eventually, he is able to visit the outlaws who changed his life and helps them find "self enlightenment". As he does so, his own true nature becames clear. Not only do we see a man who becomes a great influence in the fields of medicine, music, painting and forensics, but also a brilliantly devious man who manipulates his victims in whatever fashion he chooses. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Hannibal Rising
Main Cast Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans
Supporting Cast Richard Brake, Kevin McKidd
Director Peter Webber
Screenwriter Thomas Harris
Distributor MGM
Screen Count 3,003
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