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Bunraku (2011)

Josh Hartnett , Woody Harrelson , Guy Moshe  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, GACKT, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Guy Moshe
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005F96URI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and a young Japanese Warrior Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his seperate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil woodcutter and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This appears to be another take on genre-crossing in a genre-style movie. Previous examples include the wildly successful Sin City movies, popular western splices like The Good The Bad and The Weird and The Warrior's Way, and the stillborn Sucker Punch. But all these movies were well-advertised and wide theatrical releases (in Asia, at least, for The Good The Bad and The Weird). Should I approach this lack of advertising as a snake's rattle and keep my expectations low? When I stumbled across this I thought "This movie features Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Ron Perlman, Woody Harrelson and Kevin McKidd, and I had never heard of it or saw a trailer. How does that happen? Is this a weird little gem waiting to be discovered, or an utter Sucker Punch tragedy?"

The opening credits are cleverly presented during an animated story background. The style was much like that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One or Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. When moviemakers really care about a movie, they make an effort to have the opening credits "affect" the viewer somehow. Even if it's only music over a black screen, moods are set and pace is foreshadowed. I've commented on the great opening credits of The Good The Bad and The Weird, and that movie was awesome. This made for a promising start.

In this perhaps futuristic world guns have somehow been banned, making way for a resurgence in swordsmanship and a feudal yakuza-esque gang culture. A young, Doc Holidayish brawler (Hartnett) and a swordless samurai team up to exact their revenge against the ruthless king of the hill, "The Woodsman" (Perlman). To do so, they must kill their way through leagues of henchman and his nine right hand men, one of which is played by a sleek Kevin McKidd.

This film is VERY stylistic.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! October 6, 2011
Format:DVD
Just your basic noir, German Expressionist, samurai comicbook-come-to-life kind of movie - but absolutely incredible. If there ever was a wall between live action and animated movies, it's gone now. Clever animated interludes separate each big sequence from the next, but the artwork stays on in the skies and backgrounds of the live action. Even the supposedly photographic sequences have been color-shifted and manipulated into brilliant hues and moody darks - eye-popping chromatics keep the viewer visually entertained to the end. Then, there are visual references to more classic films than I can hope to name, including an apparent reference to Dr. Strangelove on one motorcycle's license plate. But, if you're looking for action, wonderfully choreographed comedic fight scenes approach Jackie Chan's best.

Plot? Motivation? Characterization? Well, not so much, but let's not dwell on that. The visual spectacle makes this worthwhile.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the release to theaters
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A meta-film about the art of movie production design November 28, 2011
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[Review based on the theatrical release.] This is an fascinatingly stylized film that is as much about filmmaking itself as it is about its mythological, Joseph Campbell-esque plot. I was originally interested in it because of the involvement of Japanese singer/auteur Gackt, whose staged works I greatly admire. However, when I read the mainstream reviews, I went into the theater thinking than the film would be a disaster or even worse, a "so bad it's bad" bore.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I found the film engaging from beginning to end, with more visual information packed into the theatrically lit and staged frames than could possibly be absorbed in a single viewing. During the showing I didn't look at my watch once and I am not easily amused.

This film deserves to advance to "cult classic" status and is a film that deserves to be added to future film school curricula because of its success in using many of the devices of filmmaking and theater to create a visually consistent, entirely artificial world. I usually rent instead of buying, but this film is worth more than one watch, just to absorb more of the kaleidoscopic visuals.

If you love the "production design" aspect of filmmaking, this is a five-star movie. If you mostly care about story and a novel plotline, then call it 2 ˝ stars because there is little new in the plot. If you like a mythological story that is told in a way you have never seen before, then Bunraku is a solid four stars.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"Revenge is an act of style." When a man (Hartnett) bent on revenge come to a city he finds what he is looking for. He begins fighting his way through nine very different and very deadly assassins on his way to the one he want. This is another movie that really surprised me as to how good it was. Having never seen a preview or even really heard about it I had no idea what to expect. While the movie is not that original it takes from many different types of movies and blends them together in a very interesting and exciting way. Some aspects have been taken from "Scott Pilgrim vs The World", "Kill Bill" and "Sin City" just to name a few. This is more like "Sin City" then the others in the style that it uses and the "comic-booky" feel that it has. The fighting is great, and is refreshing to see an action movie that doesn't rely on guns to make it fun. The cast is great and the movie is very fun, very much worth your time. The only thing that bothered me is that it didn't need to be two hours long. They could have cut at least 15-20 min out and had it move at a more exciting pace. Other then that I really enjoyed this. Overall, a very entertaining way to spend your time and money. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't think so *Also try - Sin City & Tekken
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5.0 out of 5 stars bunraku
Loved this movie. Very visually interesting. Kind of a cross between a kung fu movie and a western. Great characters, I would absolutely recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by helilisa
5.0 out of 5 stars At some point early on as you watch this you will be asking yourself...
I'll give you your money back if you don't.

So what the heck is "Bunraku"? Bunraku, as it turns out, is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater. Read more
Published 2 months ago by THowerton
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
It's a great movie. Great plot but the storyline could have been better but with great action scenes, and good cast.
Published 3 months ago by marcus johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Visuals of Sin City
Guy Moshe's Bunraku goes heavy on the visuals, but is that enough?The pacing of the story is consistently moderate; however, it is the film's style and storytelling that really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done & Very Well Thought Out
I enjoyed the film Bunraku. It was worth watching. Ron Perlman did a wonderful job and I'm so glad they showed his face and did not keep him hidden in the dark so to say. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky entertaining film
I have been meaning to write this review for sometimes now after purchasing this DVD.
I would advise you to do this when first watching this movie

Just watch and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the coolest films you've never heard of!
One of my favorite films that went by nearly unnoticed.
You won't be disappointed!
Great cast, wonderful characters and one of the coolest films visually ever in my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by courier11sec
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought
The DVD arrived quickly and because it's Blu-ray the picture was great. The movie is also good. Like another reviewer pointed out, the first part is a bit distracting but once... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kimber
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...and very cool!
I had no idea what to expect when I saw this, but it was a very cool surprise. A fun story, interesting way of telling it, over the top fight scenes, and it kept me glued to the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an interesting movie
and it has an awesome mixture of cast members. Josh Hartnett stars in it and he is one handsome guy along with the handsome and multi-talented musician, singer/song writer, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Naja
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