Red Dragon is a 2002 psychological horror film based on the 1981 novel by Thomas Harris. It was directed by Brett Ratner and written by Ted Tally. A prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991), it sees FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) enlisting the help of serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch another killer, Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes). Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Philip Seymour Hoffman also star. The novel was previously adapted into the film Manhunter (1986). Red Dragon was released on 4 October 2002 and received mixed reviews.


In 1980, forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter is irritated by the performance of a flautist at a recital of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Later, he hosts a dinner party for the orchestra's board of directors. The disappearance of the flautist comes up in conversation. When a guest asks what is in Lecter's amuse-bouche, he responds that if he tells her, she might not try it.