Jakob Walski (Michel Diercks) is a cop in a dead-end small town close to Germany’s border with Poland. A bit naive, but basically a good guy, Jakob has trouble keeping order with the gangs of local youths not much younger than himself. He also leaves bags of meat scavenged from the butcher’s shop out in the woods to keep a wolf from invading the town.
Then a mystery package turns up at Jakob’s police station addressed to the Lone Wolfe. That evening Jakob receives a call from the mysterious Lone Wolfe asking him to deliver the package to an abandoned house. When Jakob arrives he hands the package over to a wild-eyed man (Pit Bukowski) in a wedding dress, who opens it up. Oh dear it’s a Samurai sword, something tells me it won’t be a good night on Jakob’s beat tonight.
As the Samurai rips through Jakob’s little town Jakob finds himself questioning his own staid self-image and sexuality. Will the Samurai break him out of his repressed little world in this oblique swipe at the werewolf legend?
I really enjoyed this movie. It goes to some of the same places that Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber does, exploring the sexuality behind those grim European folk legends. The direction by Till Kleinert (who also wrote and edited The Samurai) is well paced and the nocturnal photography atmospheric. Diercks does a splendid job of playing the inexperienced small town cop whose repressed feelings are awakened by his interaction with the Samurai’s anarchic primal spirit. Bukowski is superbly animalistic as he directs the unfolding chaos, though strikes me as perhaps a little more feline than canine when perched on a fence.
In German with English subtitles.
A dark sexually charges thriller I give The Samurai a 666/666
The Samurai is released in the UK by Peccadillo Pictures on DVD & On-Demand on 13 April 2015
UK Exclusive Interview with Director & Cast
Making Of Featurette