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Bunraku (2010)

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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


A civilized weapon for uncivilized times 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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »


Putting on the Blitz
Written by Ben Watkins
Performed by Ben Watkins
Courtesy of Barbarian Inc
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A Movie well worth the effort
13 September 2011 | by (Russia) – See all my reviews

I must say at least to all the viewers who expect something else from this movie, you really need to understand what Bunraku is. It's a one word title. That itself tells you what to expect from the movie. With the amazing star-cast, each one does justice to his little role with ease. The script is not demanding so the acting is sombre in accordance with the characters. I really did not know what to expect from this movie and truthfully had to look up the meaning of Bunraku in the end of the film. I was awed with the direction, it takes some really amazing talent to put a script like this on film and gt it interesting. For every penny worth, if I were 10 yeas old, I'd love the movie, I'm 35 now and love it even more. Starting from Pac-Man up to Afro Samurai and from the Wild west to Shichinin no samurai, the Script Writer and Director have left no stone unturned. The movie is very very aesthetically pleasing in context to the title. I remember as kids when we had the pop-up story books, I couldn't have imagined anything better than this movie in my head. The movie may not be for everyone...... But for people who can appreciate the difference from run of the mill animation and Tarantino like action, here a movie worth watching a few times.

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