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Josh Hartnett does samurai gangster weirdness in the trailer for Bunraku

02.09.2011

When we first heard about Guy Moshe's action movie BUNRAKU a few years back, it was described as a stylistic cousin to SIN CITY and 300. And then star Josh Hartnett went a step further, comparing it to 400-year-old Japanese theater, papier mache, Alfred Hitchcock's ROPE and Michel Gondry.

Which obviously left us all rather confused but curious as to what exactly that might look like.

Now we finally have our first glimpse of the film (which seems like a spin on Seijun Suzuki's brilliant BRANDED TO KILL) and its cool cast in full-motion, and it's as odd and fascinating as those above descriptions implied.

The story: In a world where firearms have been outlawed, and hand-to-hand combat and swordplay have made a comeback, two drifters; a cowboy (Josh Hartnett), and a sword-less samurai (Gackt) wander into a town ruled by warlord Nicola (Ron Perlman) and his chief henchman Killer No. 2 (Kevin McKidd). Both have a score to settle, and are aided by a bartender (Woody Harrelson) with ties to Nicola's lover (Demi Moore).

Extra Tidbit: Our man Chris Bumbray caught the movie at last year's TIFF and kinda dug it.
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10:25AM on 02/11/2011

Interesting Look

This wasn't a very well put together trailer, but the film has an interesting look to it.

Exit question:

There's plenty of nations in the world where firearms are outlawed. Has swordplay made a big comeback in those areas of the world?

Enquiring minds want to know.
This wasn't a very well put together trailer, but the film has an interesting look to it.

Exit question:

There's plenty of nations in the world where firearms are outlawed. Has swordplay made a big comeback in those areas of the world?

Enquiring minds want to know.
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7:08AM on 02/11/2011

Dramatic...pause...

Hey, this looks crap!
Hey, this looks crap!
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8:27PM on 02/10/2011
Apparently this movie is the tits.
Apparently this movie is the tits.
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7:15PM on 02/10/2011
interesting.
interesting.
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6:19PM on 02/10/2011
That was hard to sit through.

And Perlman's dialogue was so horribly written. Just spit it out, man!
That was hard to sit through.

And Perlman's dialogue was so horribly written. Just spit it out, man!
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5:36PM on 02/10/2011
That wasn't Ron Perlman! That was Nick Nolte! lol
That wasn't Ron Perlman! That was Nick Nolte! lol
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4:01PM on 02/10/2011
Is this an early version or are they really going to rip off Iron man's music?
Is this an early version or are they really going to rip off Iron man's music?
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3:00PM on 02/10/2011

hm.

that was weird.
that was weird.
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1:24PM on 02/10/2011
Looks creative, at least. Cheap, but creative. I'll probably see it on DVD.
Looks creative, at least. Cheap, but creative. I'll probably see it on DVD.
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12:35PM on 02/10/2011

huh?

What did I just watch?
What did I just watch?
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10:27AM on 02/10/2011
Everything about it made it look like a high school home movie.
Everything about it made it look like a high school home movie.
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10:24AM on 02/10/2011
I'll agree that that was a pretty terrible trailer but I think the movie still looks interesting. And I'm a big fan of Harnett, Perlman, and Harrelson
I'll agree that that was a pretty terrible trailer but I think the movie still looks interesting. And I'm a big fan of Harnett, Perlman, and Harrelson
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5:13AM on 02/10/2011
That trailer was like some random Joe's youtube video. Horrible, horrible editing for a trailer.
That trailer was like some random Joe's youtube video. Horrible, horrible editing for a trailer.
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3:42AM on 02/10/2011
The movie itself cannot suck more than this trailer. Total shit.
The movie itself cannot suck more than this trailer. Total shit.
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2:39AM on 02/10/2011
hmmm? I don't know, but something seems off. Maybe it's Hartnett's moustache, or maybe it's the dialogue. Could be just a crappy edited trailer. Guess we'll see.
hmmm? I don't know, but something seems off. Maybe it's Hartnett's moustache, or maybe it's the dialogue. Could be just a crappy edited trailer. Guess we'll see.
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1:28AM on 02/10/2011
Man, that looked terrible. And jesus, Demi Moore getting all in some dudes face about his dick size, what is this 1988?
Man, that looked terrible. And jesus, Demi Moore getting all in some dudes face about his dick size, what is this 1988?
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1:27AM on 02/10/2011
Man, that looked terrible. And jesus, Demi Moore getting all in some dudes face about his dick size, what is this 1988?
Man, that looked terrible. And jesus, Demi Moore getting all in some dudes face about his dick size, what is this 1988?
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12:36AM on 02/10/2011
I think Sin City was just lightning in a bottle (or evidence of Rodriguez's talent). Trying in any way to replicate that kind of style of storytelling is an uphill battle and should only be attempted by experts. Because if you fail in capturing that fine line, the fake CG backgrounds and cheesy, pulpy lines make for a really boring film. Interesting idea, though. Probably would have benefited with real sets and more of a Rian Johnson-Brick approach.
I think Sin City was just lightning in a bottle (or evidence of Rodriguez's talent). Trying in any way to replicate that kind of style of storytelling is an uphill battle and should only be attempted by experts. Because if you fail in capturing that fine line, the fake CG backgrounds and cheesy, pulpy lines make for a really boring film. Interesting idea, though. Probably would have benefited with real sets and more of a Rian Johnson-Brick approach.
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12:00AM on 02/10/2011

Good cast, terrible looking film.

This will get a limited or Direct2DVD release only. In just that little bit Demi did, she was terrible, like a 1st year theater student. It looks cheap & the dialog is terrible. Isn't the whole point of a trailer to give you a little idea about what it's going to be about? This did none of that, I still don't know WTF it's about.
This will get a limited or Direct2DVD release only. In just that little bit Demi did, she was terrible, like a 1st year theater student. It looks cheap & the dialog is terrible. Isn't the whole point of a trailer to give you a little idea about what it's going to be about? This did none of that, I still don't know WTF it's about.
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11:48PM on 02/09/2011
Yeah I saw this at TIFF and I was pretty bored. The story plays like an afterthought and the fight scenes are mostly a miss (though the jailbreak fight is great).
Yeah I saw this at TIFF and I was pretty bored. The story plays like an afterthought and the fight scenes are mostly a miss (though the jailbreak fight is great).
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11:17PM on 02/09/2011

Good Concept, Poor Execution

I like the story idea and the cast, but this looks really sloopily made.
I like the story idea and the cast, but this looks really sloopily made.
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10:58PM on 02/09/2011
I like Josh Hartnett's choice in roles, his acting is pretty hit-or-miss though

I also wanna see how they why there's no black-market guns or anything like that
I like Josh Hartnett's choice in roles, his acting is pretty hit-or-miss though

I also wanna see how they why there's no black-market guns or anything like that
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