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14 items from 2011


Giveaway! Win 1 Of 6 Signed Bunraku Posters!

31 October 2011 11:08 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The fine people at Arc Entertinament and XLRator Media have provided Twitch readers with the opportunity to win one of six signed one sheets from Guy Moshe's neo-noir/western/action/samurai film, Bunraku!  The posters are signed by director Guy Moshe and star Ron Perlman and will be shipped in poster tubes, unfolded to you, the winner!Bunraku is a hyper-stylized post-apocalyptic fantasy film that meshes elements from different avant garde film and theater styles to create something new. The film is very daring visually, and brings together a pretty damned impressive main and supporting cast, including: Josh Hartnett, Gackt, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, and Shun Sugata. What do you have to do to win?  That's easy!  Just send me an e-mail with Bunraku Poster »

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Exclusive: Ron Perlman Talks Bunraku

28 September 2011 1:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ron Perlman discusses playing the villain Nicola in Bunraku, working with such a diverse cast, Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy 3, and more

Ron Perlman is an actor who never seems to stop working. He manages to find time between his hit FX series Sons of Anarchy to fit in movie projects such as Conan the Barbarian and Drive. He has even recently provided his trademark voice to animated TV shows such as Adventure Time, American Dad!, and SpongeBob SquarePants. The actor will next be seen on the big screen as the villain Nicola in the stylish action project Bunraku, which is currently available on VOD formats and will debut in theaters September 30. I recently had the chance to speak with Ron Perlman over the phone to discuss Bunraku and much more. Here's what he had to say below.

I spoke with Josh (Hartnett) and Kevin (McKidd) for this movie, and they »

- MovieWeb

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25 Alternative 2011 Tiff Picks: Amir Naderi's Cut

2 September 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#7. Cut Director: Amir Naderi Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa,Takashi Sasano, Shun Sugata, Denden Distributor: Rights Available Buzz: Opening Venice's Orizzonti section before shipping out to Toronto, this marks a noteworthy new direction for one of the most important figures in New Iranian cinema of the 70's and 80's. After working as an American filmmaker for a pair of decade, Amir Naderi has gone all "The Five Obstructions" on his career by ordering his latest work to be all things Japanese. With collaborations from Shinji Aoyama (2000's Eureka) who helped co-write the film and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2003's Bright Future) who served as special consultant, this should be a standout item in Naderi's filmography. The Gist: Described by the festival "as a visual love poem for the cinema set in the world of the yakuza," I'm a huge fan of filmmakers making films about the filmmaking process - in this case »

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Exclusive: Josh Hartnett Talks Bunraku

30 August 2011 9:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Josh Hartnett discusses his role in Bunraku, working with this ensemble cast, future projects, and much more.

I have followed actor Josh Hartnett's career ever since the Halloween: H20 days for a couple of reasons. One is that we both hail from that frozen tundra of a state known as Minnesota, and two, he always makes intriguing choices as an actor from big-budget blockbusters like Pearl Harbor to indie's like Lucky Number Slevin and stylized genre fare like Sin City and 30 Days of Night. The actor's next project is the upcoming indie Bunraku, which will be available on VOD platforms September 1 before its theatrical release on September 30. Josh Hartnett stars as a mysterious unnamed drifter, who rolls into a town which has become terrorized by demons and other supernatural forces. I recently had the chance to speak with Josh Hartnett over the phone about this new movie. Here's what he had to say. »

- MovieWeb

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Bunraku fight scene clip

24 August 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See Josh Hartnett's The Drifter take on Yoshi (Gackt) in this fight scene clip from Bunraku! Arc Entertainment releases the action pic to theaters on September 30th and you can catch Bunraku on Video on Deman on September 1st. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs from his own script with a well known cast for the most part, including Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Gackt, Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. Check out the clip below the plot for Bunraku and let us know what you think. Cheesy or are you up for it? »

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Bunraku fight scene clip

24 August 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See Josh Hartnett's The Drifter take on Yoshi (Gackt) in this fight scene clip from Bunraku! Arc Entertainment releases the action pic to theaters on September 30th and you can catch Bunraku on Video on Deman on September 1st. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs from his own script with a well known cast for the most part, including Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Gackt, Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. Check out the clip below the plot for Bunraku and let us know what you think. Cheesy or are you up for it? »

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Bunraku movie poster

4 August 2011 9:43 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the first poster for Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs and writes the action fantasy which follows a toung man who has spent his life in search of revenge, only to find himself against a bigger challenge than he expected. Also in the cast of Bunraku are Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. The film is produced by Ram Bergman, Keith Calder, Jessica Wu and Nava Levin. Pic made its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens theatrically on September 30th via Arc Entertainment. »

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Bunraku movie poster

4 August 2011 9:43 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the first poster for Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs and writes the action fantasy which follows a toung man who has spent his life in search of revenge, only to find himself against a bigger challenge than he expected. Also in the cast of Bunraku are Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. The film is produced by Ram Bergman, Keith Calder, Jessica Wu and Nava Levin. Pic made its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens theatrically on September 30th via Arc Entertainment. »

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Bunraku movie poster

4 August 2011 9:43 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the first poster for Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs and writes the action fantasy which follows a toung man who has spent his life in search of revenge, only to find himself against a bigger challenge than he expected. Also in the cast of Bunraku are Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. The film is produced by Ram Bergman, Keith Calder, Jessica Wu and Nava Levin. Pic made its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens theatrically on September 30th via Arc Entertainment. »

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Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Ron Perlman go to war in 'Bunraku'

26 April 2011 1:44 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Arc Entertainment, in association with Barry Gordon's XLrator Media, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Snoot Entertainment’s "Bunraku." Josh Hartnett ("30 Days of Night," "Pearl Harbor") toplines a cast that also includes Ron Perlman ("Hellboy"), Demi Moore ("GI Jane"), Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men"), Kevin McKidd ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jordi Mollà ("Knight and Day"), Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata ("Tokyo Gore Police").   Written and directed by Guy Moshe ("Holly"), "Bunraku" premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Fest. In a nod to samurai films and spaghetti westerns alike, Harnett plays a mysterious stranger (Josh Hartnett) who wanders into a »

- Dave Lewis

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Arc Entertainment Snaps Up U.S. Rights to Martial Arts Drama 'Bunraku'

26 April 2011 10:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Arc Entertainment and Barry Gordon's XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Snoot Entertainment’s "Bunraku."  The martial arts film premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Among its stars are Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd and Jordi Mollà as well as Japanese actors Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata. The movie centers on a mysterious drifter (Hartnett) and young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) who arrive in a town that has been terrorized by criminals. The two eventually join forces to bring down the bad guys.  Snoot Entertainment’s »

- Brent Lang

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Arc Entertainment Acquires Josh Hartnett 2010 Toronto Action Film 'Bunraku'

26 April 2011 10:31 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update: I originally posted a trailer for this movie that I found on Youtube, and the Deadline commenters have spent the day beating it like it owed them money. The producers have appealed to my sense of fair play because, they said, the trailer was an early sales tool that doesn't reflect the quality of the finished film. So I've pulled the trailer. Exclusive: Arc Entertainment is teaming with Barry Gordon's XLrator Media to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Bunraku, the Guy Moshe-directed martial arts action film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Jordi Molla, Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata. Hartnett plays a mysterious drifter who arrives in town the same time as a young Japanese warrior (Gackt). The town has been poisoned by criminal elements, and each man moves along toward separate missions, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Confessions of a Dog Review

29 March 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“Aren’t you ashamed?” is a phrase oft repeated in Gen Takahashi’s blistering portrait of the Japanese police force, Confessions of a Dog, and it is one that is levelled as squarely at the audience as it is the ‘villains’ presented on screen. Over the course of just over three hours Takahashi paints a depressing picture of the widespread corruption in the Japanese police force and the way it infects every area from top to bottom.

Leading us through this murky world are a variety of police officers and journalists but key is the central character of  Takeda, who gradually becomes absorbed into the corrupt police force and little by little loses any sense of right or wrong. Played by experienced character actor Shun Sugata, Takeda is a wonderfully sympathetic character in spite of his immoral behaviour. Conflicted and complex, Takeda is wonderfully written and Sugata’s performance, which »

- Craig Skinner

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DVD Review: Confessions Of A Dog

17 March 2011 10:20 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Gen Takahashi's Confessions of a Dog was a leap of faith by the director.  The Japanese police are a near bulletproof institution in their homeland, and to make a film criticizing them in such a brutal and searing way was certainly a risky operation.  Filming began the day after Christmas in 2004 with a projected 2006 release date.  However, upon completion, no cinema in Japan would touch it.  As Takeda, played with intense solemnity by Shun Sugata, says in the film, "there are two things no Japanese should question: the Emperor and the police".  Takahashi did the latter, and as a result, no one saw the film for almost five years.Confessions of a Dog is a story of police corruption of the most vile sort.  »

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