In Red Dragon we learned who he was. In Silence of the Lambs we learned how he did it. In Hannibal Rising we learn the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the one that answers the most elusive question of all – why?
The story begins in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II. For many it was a question of individual survival – at any cost. A young Hannibal watches his parents being killed, leaving his young sister in his care. This horrific moment will soon pale in comparison to the atrocities he is about to witness.
Alone and without any means of support, he is forced to live in a Soviet Orphanage that once served as his family’s home. He flees to Paris where he is welcomed by his uncle’s beautiful and mysterious Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki. Even her kindness and love cannot soothe the nightmares that plague him. Showing a cunning aptitude for science he is accepted into medical school, where he hones his skills and finds the tools to exact revenge on the war criminals that haunt him day and night. This quest will ignite an insatiable lust within him: a serial killer who was not born, but made.
Director: Peter Webber
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li and Rhys Ifans
The screenplay was written by Thomas Harris, author of the Hannibal Lecter series of books.