Official Trailer for Josh Hartnett's Wacky Martial Arts Indie 'Bunraku'
by Alex Billington
July 26, 2011
"Honorable men… they die hard, but they still die." Give this a shot if something about it interests you, but let me warn you, it's not that good. AICN (via FSR) recently debuted the release trailer for Guy Moshe's Bunraku, a stylized, martial arts, revenge movie starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore and Kevin McKidd. I saw this flick at the Toronto Film Fest last year and can tell you it's just plain awful, as is the general consensus. It's way too long, totally too wacky, and just not that good, but the fights are fun at least. Check out this trailer, but I don't suggest actually seeing the film.
Watch the official release trailer for Guy Moshe's Bunraku, via YouTube:
In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Hartnett), a young samurai and a bartender (Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Perlman) and his army of thugs of nine diverse and deadly assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new. Bunraku is written & directed by filmmaker Guy Moshe, of only a film called Holly previously. Yes, there are some cool fights in it, but it's just way too long and way too wacky at times to be enjoyable. ARC Entertainment is finally putting Bunraku in theaters starting September 30th.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Have to agree with you on this one. The premise sounded awesome but this is one of the Fantastic Fest films where I chose to fall asleep. Mind-numbingly boring and awful.
Matt on Jul 26, 2011
reminds me of another movie which didnt work out
kwame adansi on Jul 26, 2011
Looks like a jumble mess of stylized action with old takes on old themes and bad actors (except for Woods, Perlman, and Harrelson, of course.) A mish-mash of Kill Bill, Sukiyaki Western Django, Sin City, and Kung-Fu Hustle, all of which have probably already done a better job in their respective genres than this will do. I know, I know, I speak too soon, I haven't seen it yet. But you just tell me you don't get the same impression.
JL on Jul 27, 2011
Daniel Vu Tran on Jul 27, 2011
i think he is just there for the fans to rush over to see him.....
Jericho on Jul 27, 2011
I saw a preview screening of this about 2 years ago and actually really liked it. I'm pretty easily pleased, so I know that's not saying much. If I remember correctly, it's visuals are meant to resemble that of a pop-up book. More of an artsy way, not so much wacky/zany. I thought it was pretty well done and that Woody was great.
Garrett on Jul 27, 2011
THIS LOOKS MUCH BETTER THAT THE TEASER...THE REVERSE FIGHTING LOOKS COOL!
GH on Jul 27, 2011
really, reallly BAD........as in awful.
Anonymous on Jul 27, 2011
I saw this at Fantastic Fest and it is WAY too long, the story is generic and boring, and worst of all the action is slow. Hartnett clearly shows that he didn't take the incredibly intensive training that many actors do before they decided to do a marital arts flick. It looks like a ballet, but a slow ballet. Also I love Ron Perlman, but he brought nothing to this film.
DaftBot on Jul 27, 2011
Anon on Aug 5, 2011
You know I have what may be a stupid question but I'm willing to take the chance. What is the significance of the "with" & "and" credit, as in, "With Ron Perlman" "And Demi Moore"?
MudFoot on Aug 6, 2011
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