In RED DRAGON we learned who he was. In
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS we learned how he did it. Now comes the
most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the
one that answers the most elusive question of all - why?
HANNIBAL RISING marks the first time in the award-winning
series that best selling author Thomas Harris (“Red Dragon,”
“Silence of the Lambs”) writes the screenplay – reaching
back to explore the origins of Lecter’s rage, terror and
The story begins in Eastern Europe at the desperate end of
World War II. For many it was no longer a conflict of
nations but one of individual survival – at any cost. A
young Hannibal watches from only steps away as his parents
violently die, leaving his cherished young sister in his
care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to
the atrocities he is forced to witness and perhaps survive
as a result of.
Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live
in a Soviet orphanage that once served as his family’s
beloved home. He flees to Paris to find his uncle has died
but his beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady
Murasaki (Gong Li) welcomes him. Even her kindness and love
cannot soothe the nightmares and sorrows that plague him.
Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into
medical school, which serves to hone his skills and provide
the tools to exact justice on the war criminals that haunt
him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust
within a serial killer who was not born, but made.
Gaspard Ulliel plays the fearsome Lecter, alongside Gong Li,
Rhys Ifans and Dominic West. Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL
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