Notable Cast: Josh Hartnett, Gackt, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Kevin McKidd, Mike Patton
"Bunraku" is one of those films whose impressive fall from grace had me even thinking that it had to be crap. The critics spit on it, the distribution went straight to home video, and no one I knew even thought about seeing it. The idea intrigued me, but for all of this shit to rain down on it the film simply had to be bad. When I received a request to review the film, I thought I might as well make a snack, pop out some root beer, and see just how bad it was. Maybe it was the low expectations going into the film. Maybe it was the mood I was in when I watched. Whatever reason one could excuse my opinion with, the fact remains that I loved this fucking movie. The story might have been cliche and shallow with some overly overacted performances, but it felt like that was exactly how it was supposed to be and with its ambitious style and quirky combination of genres - I had a damn blast watching "Bunraku."
The world has succumbed to its own violence and hatred. After a devastating war all but annihilates the human race, the small pockets of civilization outlaw guns but that doesn't stop the corruption and violence from leaking its way back out. That's when a lone cowboy drifter (Hartnett) rolls into town. He's out to look for the tyrant Nicola (Perlman) and take him down from spreading his fear and iron fisted violence. With the help of a fellow wandering samurai (Gackt) hell bent on justice, the two will find allies in the town to help them succeed in toppling the man who has taken something from each of them.
|I did love the detailing about The Drifter's smoking habits.|
|Just one example of the visual spectacle of "Bunraku."|
|Even if the fight is cool looking and well choreographed, it would be nice to care who wins.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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