Directed by Till Kleinert
A cop is drawn into the web of a mysterious, sword-wielding killer over the course of one very strange night. Jakob is mocked by locals over his timid approach to policing, which includes leaving meat for the wolf in the woods instead of hunting it. When he encounters a devious samurai who wears a dress, he gets drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the not-quite-human killer. Till Kleinert's Lynchian horror fantasy takes viewers into a bizarre nightmare where traditional masculinity and queerness fight for dominance, leaving scores of severed heads in their wake. (In German with English subtitles.)
A cop is drawn into the web of a mysterious sword-wielding killer.
Cast: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss
What makes Der Samurai sit most uncomfortably isn’t its decapitations or “graphic” nudity (Why is that phrase always code for male genitalia?), but that it doesn’t stay in any particular narrative gear long enough for us settle in. Are these just hallucinations? Is it all storybook-like metaphor for our repressed animal natures? Or, as it seems in its frequent, more lucidly rendered moments, an alternate reality that relates to but isn’t quite a part of the “real world”? Best experienced by forgoing any such analysis and, like Jakob, accepting that you’re in for a wild night.
Finally got around to watching this last night. Far from perfect but it's a short (79 minutes) German indie film, so you're not out a large time investment if it disappoints. Most of my criticisms were technical in nature regarding scene blocking and shot framing but I definitely appreciate a film that's trying to say something. Even if the final product is uneven. This absolutely is a movie with multiple layers and your own personal feelings are going to affect what you take away from it. Warning: if seeing a full erection in profile is going to make you uncomfortable, stay away.
What's not to love about a movie that follows a samurai who looks like Kurt Cobain just walked off the set of In Bloom?
A weird movie but worth watching at least once..
I liked this alot. Some great lines in this. --It is our duty to get rid of the blockage once and for all.