The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for.

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Yoshi (as Gackt Camui)
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In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter, a bartender and a young samurai plot revenge against a ruthless leader and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins. Written by Anonymous

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A civilized weapon for uncivilized times See more »


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Rated R for bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

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30 November 2011 (South Korea)  »

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Бунраку  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Guy Moshe managed to sign Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore onto Bunraku (2010) because both actors really liked Holly (2006) and responded immediately to the Bunraku (2010) script. See more »

Goofs

When shooting the burning arrow, we see Yoshi's finger wrapped around it. This would not work in reality, as not only would the arrow go entirely it's own way without any control, but it would also cause friction burns, and probably cuts, on the finger. That is a mistake one makes only once. See more »

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The Narrator: Long before the dawn of man, strife was already a major component of life. Wherever a creature shared a piece of land with another, it was just a matter of time until a struggle for resources would ensue. Man was no different, showcasing a perverse fascination with violence. Man and civilization brought forth more innovative ways of taking human life than any other function needed for survival. There are more ways of killing a man than there are ways of making bread or making love....
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Putting on the Blitz
Written by Ben Watkins
Performed by Ben Watkins
Courtesy of Barbarian Inc
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An experiment
10 September 2011 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Bunraku is as difficult to describe as it is to pronounce. At its heart is a rather simple story of hero-strangers who roll into an oppressed town to start trouble with the oppressors. That familiar plot line is presented as an experimental piece of performance art that keeps you guessing as to whether or not the story will go quite as you're expecting.

If I had to describe Bunraku's presentation, I'd have to liken it to a life-size pop-up comic book being read stylishly aloud on a live stage, though with the freedom of motion and effects afforded by the medium of film.

Bunraku's story seems to merely be a vessel to deliver the style and written nuggets the filmmaker seems much more eager to get off his chest. There isn't much depth of character beyond the pop-up cutouts immediately evident, but there are those bits of dialog and narration that resonate with some philosophical wisdom you might find in an interpretation of a myth or legend.

Assuming you get used to the style, don't mind the intentionally shallow story, and don't feel the need to use the word "pretentious" that the combination of those two things plus a new filmmaker might normally conjure, you won't find much to hate about Bunraku. You'll be reasonably entertained by the constant action and colorful motion, and aside from some occasionally imperfect fight choreography, this is a well-made film.


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