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Der Samurai


Till Kleinert


Der Samurai is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert's film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls David Lynch. Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf that is causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf...only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies' slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob's tormentors. Jakob and the transvestite samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Completely bizarre yet wildly entertaining, Der Samurai is a horror must-see for the adventurous!


Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Ulrike Hanke-Haensch, Kaja Blachnik, Christopher Guy Kane


Writer: Till Kleinert; Cinematographer: Martin Hanslmayr; Editor: Till Kleinert; Composer: Conrad Oleak


Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, BIFAN - Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Director's Filmography

- Girl Cave, tv series, 2017

- The Samurai, 2014

- Boys Village, short, 2011

- Kokon, short, 2009

- The Longest Night, 2009

- Cowboy, short, 2008

- Hundefutter, short, 2007

- Xerox-UV, short, 2003

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