February 23, 2017 — Der Samurai, which had its U.S premiere at the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Festival, is an award-winning, atmospheric horror-thriller-fantasy film.
In a forest along the German/Polish border, Jakob, a young police officer — new at his job and his beat — attempts to deal with a wolf who is scaring the local populace. He tries to woo the creature away from the nearby village by leaving out fresh meat deep in the forest.
One day, at the police station, a package arrives addressed to the wolf, care of Jakob. Jakob decides to figure out who sent the package and who the wolf really is.
He meets Der Samurai, not really a wolf, possibly not altogether a man. But the feral creature, who wears a dress and carries a traditional samurai sword called a katana, is intent on destruction and leaves a path of death and horror behind him.
The two become locked in a battle between order and chaos, sanity and mayhem. By the end of the film, when Der Samurai kills off some of the people in the town who have been tormenting Jakob, the timid police officer is not sure how he feels about it.
Beautifully shot and edited, Der Samurai is a fascinating and grisly nightmare, with elements of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale taken to bizarre and horrifying limits.
In German with English subtitles.
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