EXCLUSIVE: 8 New Clips from Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, & Gackt
09.12.11 by Chris
How would today's action movies look if there were no guns?
The answer is Bunraku, a martial arts movie that takes place in a world where guns are banned, giving way to some pretty spectacular fight scenes. Though it's an import, the movie boasts a stellar American cast, including Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, and Ron Perlman. The movie also stars Japanese singer and actor sensation Gackt. Bunraku is the first international movie for Gackt.
And we have eight exclusive clips from the movie, which is screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (the movie made the festival's Midnight Madness selection).
Here is a synopsis:
In a hyper-saturated, hyper-driven dystopia, guns are banned and the sword is king.
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, headed by 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 derived from a 400-year-old form of Japanese puppet theater, a style of storytelling that uses 4-foot-tall puppets with highly detailed heads, each operated by several puppeteers who blend into the background wearing black robes and hoods.
You'll get a better sense when you check out the eight clips.