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Wacky Martial Arts Indie 'Bunraku'
Posted on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 7:38 am
by IDMA Editor

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Hartnett), a young samurai and a bartender (Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Perlman) and his army of thugs of nine diverse and deadly assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new. Bunraku is written & directed by filmmaker Guy Moshe, of only a film called Holly previously. Yes, there are some cool fights in it, but it's just way too long and way too wacky at times to be enjoyable. I don't think it even has a distributor yet, or if it does, we haven't heard.

Photo of Josh Hartnett and Woody Harrelson - photo credit

Photo Ron Perlman and Demi Moore - photo credit

Director: Guy Moshe

Writer: Guy Moshe (screenplay)

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson

Photo of Josh Hartnett

Photo of Demi Moore

Photo of Woody Harrelson

Guy Moshe's latest film, Bunraku, is ambitious to say the least. In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and master samurai (Gackt) find their paths intertwined after a chance meeting. The drifter, a man out for revenge, and the samurai, a man looking to reclaim an ancient family medallion, manage to put aside their mutual distrust and work together. Aided by a bartender (Woody Harrelson) with intimate knowledge of the region and its major players, they pursue their target, the most powerful man east of the Atlantic, Nicola the Woodcutter (Ron Pearlman). However, the drifter and the samurai must first contend with Nicola's nine greatest warriors, appropriately named "The Killers", and led by the deadly Killer Number 2 - review by Kevin McKidd - imdb.

5.8/10 Rating

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