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Bunraku (2010)  
118 min  - 
 Action | Drama | Fantasy  - 
 30 September 2011 (USA)

The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for.



Director: Guy Moshe
Writer: Guy Moshe (screenplay)
Stars: Josh HartnettDemi Moore and Woody Harrelson

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Bunraku (Boon-rah-koo) stars Josh Hartnett and Gackt as two martial artists seeking revenge on the same person, Nicola (Perlman). That one person is the deadliest man alive who controls the cities and towns and he has an arsenal of 9 killers under him to dispatch any foe in his way.
The setting of this film changes as the atmosphere changes. Bunraku takes alot of its sets, buildings, and story from traditional Japanese culture and it makes the story more enjoyable to see a cowboy without a gun (Hartnett) and a Samurai without a sword (Gackt).
The movie is entertaining but feels like an eternity is passing before the ending is viewed. The cast pulls off the film but most of the better dialogue is saved for Ron Perlman's character. Fight choreography is not topnotch but it is believable. Screenplay is odd at times with lacking emotion and random scenes thrown in for almost no point. Visuals on the other hand make the movie significant and beautiful to watch. It doesn't matter that most of it is green/blue screen, it's still nice to look at.
I give Bunraku 3/5 stars.

+ Unique Story and Atmosphere
+ Good Cast
+ Mike Patton is the Narrator
- Fighting Scenes
- Gackt's Acting