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Hartnett's Papier-Mache, CGI, Hitchcock, fight film

JoshHartnett.jpgI'm as confused as you are, but Josh Hartnett is looking to shoot a new film called Bunraku, which from his description sounds rather insane - no offense intended!

You see not only is papier-mache mentioned, but so is CGI, Hitchcock and Michael Gondry style, as well as four foot tall Japanese puppets operated by puppeteers dressed all in black, and a lot of fight sequences. Wow...My brain hurts already.

Bunraku is a style of Japanese storytelling that uses these four foot puppets and the blackly dressed puppeteers - you've maybe seen similar things on the Internet video sites, like the two guys playing ping pong and the table moving all over the place, that was done in this style.

However this film seems to be a real mix of styles and such. Here's what Josh Hartnett said to MTV Movies through Collider:

"I'm going to Romania to shoot this film called 'Bunraku...All the cast isn't set yet, but it's going to be a lot of really interesting actors, in this weird kind of papier-mâché world...I don't even know how to explain it..."

Try Josh, please, try...

"It's odd; it's out there...My character is called 'The Drifter,' and he comes into this world that doesn't look like anything like you've ever seen before. It's in the vein of 'Sin City' or something like that, where the world doesn't look like reality at all..."

Okay, I'm still not getting the right feel here. Try again.

"Some of the scenes are gonna be more Michel Gondry-like I guess...But a lot of them will be green screen as well...[The script] has a lot of fight sequences in it, but it's more about these crazy characters...Like my character, he's a gypsy and he's coming into town and he's got something to prove — and no one really knows what he's about."

So do I! I still haven't grasped it yet, and it sounds like Josh hasn't either.

"It's not fantasy. Well, I mean, it's fantasy in that it's not reality, but it's not 'Narnia,' ...It's a film that, I don't know how to stick it into a genre, but I would say it's more a film like 'Sin City' than anything else."

Yeah, I think we're going to have to leave it there. If I was to pull anything out of there it sounds like that ping pong video, the one I've managed to find right here.

Yeah, so imagine that but with four foot tall puppets and fighting with green screen and some real actors...or maybe they're just voicing the characters. Then add in the Hitchcock-Michael Gondry style and...yes, I'm lost.





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