The story starts from sauna, and ends with glacial ice. As the post sauna sweat evaporates, Rauni the samurai beats an assassin with just a straw. But who was it that hired the killer? The mystery has to be solved, and Rauni takes of for a bloody hunt along the coast of the city of Pori.
Samurai Rauni marks an impressive debut from »Pori’s da Vinci», Mika Rättö. In addition to playing the lead, Rättö has taken part in designing the costumes and the set. He was also involved in composing the score.
The story, depicting one man’s hardships, started as a theatrical play in 2010. The film became a part of the ever-entertaining history of Finnish underground movie making already when in production. The final film delivers the goods, and more.
The cinematographer-editor Sami Sänpäkkilä does not hesitate to use angles of view typical for drama and action films, and they fit perfectly for the scenes reminiscent of theatre. The dialogue mixes crooked sense of humour with the Finland Proper area temperament. You can almost hear the screenplay team laughing and exchanging ideas while developing the script.