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THE MOVIE: Hannibal Rising

Gaspard Ulliel • Gong Li
DIRECTOR: Peter Webber

Outdoor cooking, a portent of the future… THE CONCEPT:
The origins of one of the most notorious screen villains. From the shocking events that destroyed Hannibal Lecter's (Ulliel) idyllic Lithuanian childhood during World War II to the revenge-fueled start to his savage life of murder and cannibalism in France, the film follows the Hannibal as he transforms from young man to monster…

U.S. RELEASE: February 9 2007, Nationwide • Rated: R


“I was hesitant to accept the project after reading the script because I think I was very scared. I knew that it was very risky for me to go into this project because it’s so popular, and I knew that there would be a lot of expectations on this film.”

GONG LI (Lady Murasaki):
“Hannibal films are quite popular in Asia and China. Everybody knows about them, if you say Silence of the Lambs, everybody knows exactly what you’re talking about.”

“The idea was to try to give Hannibal a more human aspect and to try to show to the audience that at the beginning he was just a regular young boy, and that slowly he became what he is and what everybody knows he is. I don’t think that the goal of telling his past is to try to justify his killings or to give reasons. It’s just to show how he became like this.”

Lady Murasaki and Hannibal are two similar characters. When they meet, right away they realize that they share something in common, which is that they’ve suffered a lot in the war. So they had to face a lot of dark experiences together. I think that’s what attracts Lady Murasaki to Hannibal. She has a desire to help and protect him. What attracts him is this feeling of possibly being protected. It’s a mutual kind of dependency.”

“The only thing that I had difficulty understanding precisely was how you can go and try to bite someone and taste human flesh. How do you go and do this for the first time, because I can understand that if you keep doing it and you really like it, it can be addictive maybe, but the first time I don’t know how you can try it.”

“This film for me is a kind of exploration. It was an opportunity for me to participate in something and try something new. Of course, I knew in advance that there was going to be a lot of violence and that gruesome (scenes would be filmed) because that’s part of the story, and it’s a commercial film. What was important for me about my character is that she spends a lot of time trying to stop Hannibal from committing those violent acts but, of course, in the end she fails.”

“I haven’t heard anything about doing another Hannibal film – I think they just want to see how this film does. [The audience] should just watch this film as one film, and not a new series.”

Written by David Waldon. Back to top

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