Directed by: Till Kleinert
Written by: Till Kleinert
Stars: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss... read more

Year: 2014
Genrer: Arthouse, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Run time: 1h 19min
My rating: 4 out of 5

Highly recommended German psychological thriller delivers a thought provoking viewing experience which is both mesmerizing at times and also furious and intense. Its a unique film with minimal characters and at times had me thinking the conclusion was going to go one way but actually went another so it keep me intrigued. Its films like Der Samurai that make reviewing indie films a pleasure and this one is certainly worth enduring.

The story takes place in a small German village where a young policeman named Jakob (Michel Diercks) goes about his daily routine. The daily routine involves leaving a bag of bloodied animal offal in the woods for a wolf which the policeman has developed a bizarre need to literally feed his inner subconscious. His police chief (Uwe Preuss) notices the strange behavior of Jakob but it seems he is more content to be playing sports with the local roughians. Jakob may be an authority figure but he is definitely an outsider in this small town where he resides with his elderly mother.

One day Jakob receives an elongated box in the mail with a bizarre call from an unidentified stranger who wants him to deliver it. Strangely Jakob's curiosity gets the better of him and he goes to the address. Once there he comes face to face with what seems to be a man with long blonde hair (Pit Bukowski) wearing a white dress. The stranger talks to Jakob as if he knows him but we actually get no insight into where he came from and or who he is unless you read between the lines. Soon The Samurai character as he is referred to opens the box which contains his katana sword and then proceeds to wreak havoc on the small town.

Jakob follows The Samurai but his attempts to stop him are futile. It seems as if the guy is taunting and playing games with Jakob almost in a flirty fashion. Der Samurai in my eyes is a film that is open to interpretation and personally what I gathered from the events is that the samurai character is a sort of doppelganger or alternate personality of Jakob but not in The Fight Club sense. A real life menacing entity that has somehow broken off from Jakob and is doing everything that Jacob wishes he could do in his one dimensional and unhappy life. In one humorous scene Jakob helps a young traveler fix a tire on her car and she remarks to Jakob how it must really be horrible to live in such a small town where everyone knows you. This segment alone rings out like a shotgun blast in accordance to the events that unfold in Der Samurai.

Der Samurai is a fascinating study in animalistic escape and violence told with precision and wit. That ending is worth the price of admission alone. I definitely pick up what this movie is laying down or at least I think I do because its a great watch as Jakob and The Samurai play a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout the small town. Lots of nightmarish realism and offbeat sequences really propel the film above and beyond regular run of the mill fare. Pit Bukowski shines in the role of the samurai and is the highlight of the film with his menacing fashion, Bukowski is also phenomenal in the movie Der Bunker, a dark comedy which also comes recommended. If your looking for a suspenseful adventurous film then Der Samurai might be something you want to check out.


Produced by: Anna de Paoli, Linus de Paoli
Cinematography by: Martin Hanslmayr
Editing by: Dakota Bailey
Special Effects by: Ahmad El - Ahmad, Felix von Seefranz, Thomas Wegner
Music by: Conrad Oleak
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Artsploitation Films | Last Exit Entertainment