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Hannibal Rising (2007)

After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaran Thomas ...
Lady Murasaki (as Gong Li)
Helena-Lia Tachovská ...
Michelle Wade ...
Martin Hub ...
Joerg Stadler ...


Mischa and Hannibal, baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister's murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honor, a young man's growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, ... Written by Cinema_Fan

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Wie alles begann (How everything began) See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hannibal 4  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,044,033 (UK) (11 February 2007)


$27,670,986 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Walters and Richard Brake both starred in Batman Begins (2005). See more »


When Hannibal makes his first kill, you see in a far off shot that he walks several steps from his victim. In the next shot, he spins and chops off the guys head and is suddenly relatively close to the victim. See more »


[first lines]
Hannibal 8yrs: Hide quickly! Run away! Quick! This way! Quickly! Down to the lake.
[giggling, drawing on dock]
Hannibal 8yrs: M... for Mischa.
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Follows Red Dragon (2002) See more »


Ein Männlein Steht Im Walde
Written by Engelbert Humperdinck (as E. Humperdinck)
Public Domain
Performed by Sonja & Peter Lorenz
Produced by Musikwerkstatt Tettnang
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Hannibal Lecter Has Sunk That Low
12 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hannibal Rising is the worst film I have seen in a long time. I didn't have high hopes for this film, but I didn't expect something this awful. First of all, we don't need to feel sorry for Hannibal Lecter! Doesn't that kind of ruin the whole point of his character? The next thing I was quick to notice about Hannibal Rising is the campy dialogue. No, campy doesn't quite say it... This is not the worst dialogue I've ever heard, but it's in the bottom five. These lines are just stupid! Really stupid! Even Hannibal, the next worst film in the series, had some really good dialogue. But, not in Hannibal Rising. Thomas Harris even wrote the dialogue himself, the guy who wrote all the books. What happened?

Gong Li I saw twice in two days. The first time was in Raise the Red Lantern, which she was absolutely amazing in. The second was in Hannibal Rising, in which she was amazingly awful in. Gong Li's a terrific actress when she's speaking Chinese. When she's speaking English, she sounds as horribly forced and wooden as William Shatner. But then, all of the actors are wooden. There is not one decent actor in this whole movie. That includes Gaspard Ulliel, who played "Hannibal Lecter." I put the words "Hannibal Lecter" in quotes, because I refuse to believe that he was portraying my favorite villain of all time. Gaspard Ulliel doesn't even really try to fill Anthony Hopkins's shoes (not that he, or anyone else, could), or any kind of characterization at all. Every line is stilted and wooden, sounding as though he's trying too hard to sound scary. Is he even trying to emulate Hopkins at all? And Ulliel is not subtle. Even when Lecter was imprisoned, Hopkins this air of subtlety about him. It wasn't until Hopkins started getting inside your head you could fully comprehend his sinister nature. But Ulliel tries too hard (WAY too hard) to be as overly sinister as possible. Honestly, I do enjoy movies that will tell a story with minimal dialogue, but the film still needs decent actors who can show us what the characters are thinking. I'm not getting any of that here. I mean, I really don't get it; in the other Hannibal movies, you really couldn't get Hannibal Lecter to shut up. Here, he's barely saying anything (plus Ulliel is giving us no characterization outside of "Sh! I'm evil!").

And why is he suddenly so openly aggressive? There's a scene when Lecter gets into a fight with a butcher in broad daylight. Why?! Hannibal was always aggressive, sure, but he was also extremely calculative. He was never as easy to provoke as he is throughout this movie. Lecter may be a serial killer, but what made him so scary was the sneaky and secretively deceptive way he would come after people. Hard to track and hard to predict. All of that is lost in this picture. He openly fights this butcher, and immediately when that happened, I said "Wait, doesn't that kind of give him a record for being aggressive now? And wouldn't that make him more likely to be a suspect?" In the other movies, no one could tell Hannibal was a killer. In this movie, I don't see how anyone could *not* tell! He's so obvious, plus he has a record. And then he *does* become a suspect! Okay, how the hell did he go all these years without getting caught?? Furthermore, at any point in this movie, there are at least three different people who *know* *he* *did* *it.* The continuity errors are ridiculous! I finally had to convince myself that I had to be watching a different series; there was no way this was part of the Hannibal Lecter series. A lot of the story didn't make a lot of sense. It was suppose to tell us why Hannibal was who he was, but it doesn't really accomplish that.

And then we have those *STUPID* dream sequences!I absolutely hate it when movies plague us with dream sequences! That is the lowest place that a screenwriter can possibly go, when they have explain to us through a *dream* what the characters are feeling! It's like "Really? You had to stoop to that low? You couldn't come up with any other more creative way to tell us what the character is thinking?" And all those dream sequences are officially pointless! He actually starts telling someone the whole story (complete with flashbacks)! Why put in the dream sequences, then? Are we suppose to see that Hannibal Lecter has had a tragic life, with the memory of his sister haunting him? He's a villain! We're not suppose to pity him! Maybe feel a little sorry for what happened, sure, but not openly pity the bastard. Even if he is the greatest villain of all time. After halfway through the movie, the filmmakers actually made the decision to basically turn Hannibal Rising into a third-rate slasher film. Hannibal Lecter has sunk that low. He's actually turned to clichés now. I couldn't believe it. And the biggest indicator of this: they made him put on the mask that's synonymous with the character. NO! They made him put on the mask?! What the heck?! So, now he's basically on the same level as Michael Meyers?! NO!

Basically, this is one of those prequels that actually makes me want to not watch the original(s) for awhile. It has ruined the character and the franchise that badly. Even if this was its own movie, though, it would still suck! The acting's a joke, the dialogue is among the worst I've ever heard, it's full of plot holes, void of scares, the director barely knows what he's doing... This was all in all one of the worst film experiences I've had.


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