The Samurai

The Samurai ★★★★

Part horror, part homoerotic character study, part god-knows-what, Till Kleinert's Der Samurai is almost indefinable. Shot with ethereal elegance and featuring a hypnotic score, this is a strange experience, and one I enjoyed thoroughly. Its cross-dressing antagonist (his unstoppable power reminiscent of The Hitcher) is inspired, and Pit Bukowski, erect member and all, gives a ridiculously brave performance. Though it has moments of gore and a few unsettling moments, its refusal to adhere to any kind of genre conventions will likely upset some less open horror fans. But those with an appetite for something different will get a huge kick out of this.