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[Congratulations to our six winners, they have been notified and their prize be be going out shortly! Thanks again to Arc Entertainment for their participation!]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 »
An old tale is told in a visually bold manner in Guy Moshe's Bunraku. Revenge is always a good starting point for any story, and in this case, it helps the odds as two men, a drifter played by Josh Hartnett, and a young Japanese played by pop star Gackt, seek vengeance from The Woodcutter, played by Ron Perlman. Bunraku takes a lot of chances, the film is staged in such a way that the viewer will either jump on board or become disillusioned very quickly. I found myself in the former camp, after aligning myself with the illusion. Arc Entertainment bring Bunraku to Blu-ray and DVD in a very capable digital presentation with the stylized visuals holding their own and the sound keeping up »
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 »
The star-studded experimental film which stars Josh Harnett stars Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson & Ron Perlman and made it's debut at last year's Toronto Film Festival will be available to take home on November 1st. The Film For an indie film to reach cult status it needs to make a splash, either by being really good (Donnie Darko) or really bad (The Room); landing somewhere in the middle just won’t cut it. That’s the trouble that director Guy Moshe has run into with his second feature film, Bunraku. His visually exciting b-movie doesn’t commit to one tone; It’s too serious to be a farce, but too silly to be a drama. The result is bafflingly uneven, an all-style-no-substance thrill ride, that’s as dull as it is entertaining. Equal parts Yojimbo, and Tim Burton’s Batman, the story takes »
- Giovanni Colantonio
Directed by Guy Moshe.
In a post-apocalyptic future where guns are banned, a mysterious drifter and a samurai team up to exact revenge on a ruthless crime lord.
Bunraku is set in a world that has been ravaged by fighting and war. After an animated opening sequence detailing how it has changed, including the banning of guns by the new civilization, we are shown a dystopian setting where the majority of the action takes place. A theatrical fight scene introduces a group of assassins led by the smooth-talking but deadly Killer #2 (Kevin McKidd). These men work for Nicola (Ron Perlman), a man known as the Woodcutter, who never shows his face in public. He is the most powerful man east of the Atlantic and uses his Red Suits and Killers to rule the town, while »
Quentin Tarantino has a lot to answer for. The success of both his Kill Bill films has in turn opened the floodgates for a number of copycat movies to emerge in recent years attempting to blend the genres of the Japanese samurai film with American Westerns all with varying degrees of success. The latest to join the list is Bunraku, released on Blu-ray and DVD today, written and directed by Guy Moshe who made the film on a budget of just $25million.
A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi, played by Gackt in his international film debut, both arrive in a town that is terrorised by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate 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 »
- Chris Wright
There are so few films that get made these days in which a director, writer, and cast genuinely stretch themselves to try and make something different. Bunraku is one of those films. And it is awesome almost beyond words.
Writer-director Guy Moshe clearly had a vision for his film, and together with a fantastic cast led by Josh Hartnett and international newcomer Gackt (though he’s already a famous Japanese musician/actor) and supported by Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman, and Demi Moore, he saw the realization of that vision into an utterly creative film that just doesn’t stop giving. From start to finish, it’s an explosive film that will blow your mind.
- Kenji Lloyd
★★★★☆ The increasingly popular hybrid sub-genre of the martial arts-western gets another entry in the form of Guy Moshe's second feature, Bunraku (2010) - which stars Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore - although the term doesn't really come close to describing the cultural blend of influences that the director has combined into this film. There's also a heavy shade of noir, a boatload of expressionist set design and even hints of the musical genre.
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- Daniel Green
A mysterious drifter (Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Japanese superstar Gackt), both arrive in a town that is terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Perlman), the awesomely evil “woodcutter” and his right hand man Killer #2 (McKidd).
Take one part Sin City, one part Kill Bill, add a dash of Django and a splash of Cool World, mix together with copious amounts of mood lighting, martial arts and Marvel Comics and you have Bunraku – an awesome mix of both the Samurai and Western genres wrapped up in the stylings of Japanese puppet theatre (yes fact fans, »
Roundups on some of the more interesting titles opening this weekend have been updated through today: The Last Picture Show, 50/50, Margaret, Take Shelter and My Joy — see, too, Daniel Kasman's review — as well as another on the documentaries.
"Hillbilly horror is nothing new," writes Cheryl Eddy in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Some might mark its heyday as the 1970s, a decade containing Deliverance (1972), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), and I Spit On Your Grave (1978). Others might point to Herschell Gordon Lewis's immortal Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), probably cinema's most persuasive example of why Yankees road-tripping below the Mason-Dixon Line should never, for any reason, detour off the main highway…. But what if, asks Eli Craig's Tucker and Dale vs Evil, you were totally misjudging those sinister-seeming whiskey-tango yokels? What if, despite being a little unwashed and fond of sharp objects and power tools, they »
“Bunraku,” director Guy Moshe’s latest picture, is, as leading man Gackt so eloquently (and confusingly) described to MTV News in an exclusive interview, “a Cowboy meets Samurai meets Mafia action flick. It’s an action-packed movie unlike any other, mixing various genres in the style of Japanese puppetry.” Confusing, yes, but pretty much spot on: no matter how you slice it, “Bunraku” is nothing if not unique.
In a future where bullets have been outlawed and hand-to-hand combat has become the primary method of conflict resolution, the ruthless Nicola the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman) rules the world east of the Atlantic with the aid of nine deadly assassins. But Nicola has a target on his back as well: a Drifter (Josh Hartnett) wanders into town with a thirst for whiskey and a hunger for blood, while the samurai Yoshi (Gackt) also comes calling with his sights set on the Woodcutter. »
- Josh Wigler
Since exploding onto the scene in 1998, Josh Hartnett has been working hard to stretch his creative muscles and amplify his range. Hartnett stars alongside Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore in the fantasy/action epic, Bunraku, which tells the story of a group of outcasts who band together to take down a ruthless dictator in a world where guns have been outlawed. The Guy Moshe-directed film has been enjoying a run on the festival circuit over the course of the last year, and today it opens in theaters, giving us the opportunity to chat with the film's star. Movies.com: Normally in an interview like this I’d start by asking what attracted you to the project. But given Bunraku’s wildly imaginative story and unique mix of styles and genres, I think...
- Brian Salisbury
Director Guy Moshe's "Bunraku" isn't all about fighting, but you could certainly be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Set in a future where bullets have been outlawed and conflicts are started and finished with fists, "Bunraku" follows two men — a Drifter played by Josh Hartnett and a samurai, Yoshi, played by Gackt — out on a deadly mission with a mutual goal… one that's destined to end in blood.
We have an exclusive clip from "Bunraku" for your viewing pleasure today, but that's not all. We also spoke with Japanese singer-songwriter and actor Gackt, who makes his English language debut in "Bunraku," about playing the even-tempered Yoshi, working with Hartnett and shooting the film's most grueling fight sequences. See what he had to say after the jump!
MTV News: What drew you to "Bunraku"?
Gackt: [Director Guy Moshe's] passion. He flew all the way to Japan to see me, and the vision he »
- Josh Wigler
To hype the theatrical release of Guy Moshe's action flick "Bunraku," mixed media artist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell unveiled a series of original art pieces inspired by the film at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood earlier this week. Pictured from left to right at the event: "Bunraku" director Moshe and stars Josh Hartnett, Kevin McKidd and Ron Perlman. The films hits select theaters this Friday, September 30. [Photo courtesy of AP Images, Katy Winn] »
In anticipation of Bunraku's theatrical debut this Friday, mixed media artist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell unveiled a series of pieces inspired by the film. The exhibition was held at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles and featured appearances by the cast including Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd and Director Guy Moshe. Bunraku is the story of a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate 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.
Check out the photos below.
- Lex Walker
Bunraku’s premise involves a level of fanboy wankery that makes Sucker Punch look restrained. The film, written and directed by Guy Moshe (of 2006’s child-trafficking drama Holly), is set in a post-nuclear-war world in which guns have been banned and all of civilization’s still-copious violence is carried out with swords, fists, and the occasional axe. The city in which the action takes place is oppressed by a vicious gang led by a dreadlocked Ron Perlman, “the most powerful man east of the Atlantic.” Among his underlings: nine assassins who must challenge each other to move up in »
Bunraku isn’t your standard action film; it boasts a degree of style and aestheticism that’s so striking, it almost transcends the story. In honor of the film’s September 30th theatrical release, mixed media artist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell hit the Chateau Marmont to show off a series of art pieces inspired by the film. Bunraku‘s Josh Hartnett, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman, director Guy Moshe and more were all on hand to celebrate the unveiling and we’ve got an inside look at all the action. Check out the set of photos from the event below including a shot of the men of Bunraku as well as some of Corbell’s work. If »
- Perri Nemiroff
Ron Perlman is an actor whose face is immediately recognizable by even the most casual cinema fan. His performances in a wide range of films such as Quest For Fire, Cronos, The City Of Lost Children, Alien: Resurrection, Blade 2, the Hellboy films, Sons Of Anarchy, and the current Drive, to name but a few, make one hell of a filmography, and Mr. Perlman, size and all, remains of the most subtle and well-defined performers in cinema. He is, to put it mildly, "an actor's actor." On Friday, September 30th, he will add another iconic character to his repertoire with the axe-wielding overlord, Nicola, in Guy Moshe's Bunraku. Released to theaters by Arc Entertainment, this tale of honor, revenge, and finding oneself amidst a »
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 »
Title: Bunraku Directed By: Guy Moshe Starring: Josh Hartnett, Gackt, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Demi Moore, Emily Kaiho Based on Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s performance, there’s clearly a nice chunk of moviegoers who are okay with feature films that are visual spectacles and nothing more. However, not only isn’t Bunraku a Michael Bay blockbuster, but it’s highly stylized, instantly narrowing its target audience. Then again, by focusing on the fans of artistic hand-to-hand combat, Bunraku is poised to head right into more open arms. But, for the rest of us, while the visuals may be like nothing we’ve ever seen and downright incredible, it’s just not enough »
- Perri Nemiroff
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