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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshi (as Gackt Camui)
Shun Sugata ...
Emily Kaiho ...
The Narrator (voice)
Yoshio Iizuka ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They'll risk everything for honor, for power, for justice, for love, for revenge. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 November 2011 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Bunraku Les Vengeurs  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to Keith Calder, Bunraku (2010) is heavily influenced by the look and style of classic Hollywood musicals except that the singing and dancing are replaced with physical combat sequences that evoke Gene Kelly by way of Bloodsport (1988). See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in Libertaria (2013) See more »


Putting on the Blitz
Written by Ben Watkins
Performed by Ben Watkins
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Dr. Frankenstein's Action/Art Film Project
22 October 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This stylized action film can best be described as an orgy of the following films: part Sin City, part Batman (Adam West era), part Dick Tracy, part The Quick and the Dead, and part Enter the Dragon. Squirt some Cirque du Soleil in there and the resulting love child of all these films is "Bunraku". That's really all I can say. Watch it and tell me if I'm wrong. There are parts of this film that are extraordinary, namely the animation, while other segments (or appendages?) are atrocious. It all makes sense in a mad scientist kind of way, where this creature of a film was cooked up in Dr. Frankenstein's Laboratory School of Film, Dance, and Animation. It's ludicrous, but very entertaining. I give it 7 full test-tubes of film DNA out of 10!

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