Till Kleinert • Germany • 2014 • A surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out.
Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf. Working the night shift, Jakob tracks the wolf, only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, 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 offers a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls the works of David Lynch.