Bunraku trailer impresses
You might remember some of the stories about the Bunraku film starring Josh Hartnett, Gackt, Ron Perlman, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd and Demi Moore, it promised all manner of strange styles to it, think Western, Samurai, Noir with wire work and origami sets, just the taster there sounds bizarre and while the trailer lives up to that word it also excites the senses on many levels.
It's hard to explain this trailer in words, but it does look like it could be a hell of a lot of fun.
There's a great blurb for the Bunaku which covers just about everything you need to know about just how unusual this film is going to be. It's a good place to start from before hitting the trailer.
In a hyperreal, hyper-saturated, hyper-driven dystopia, guns are banned upon pain of death and the sword is now king.
Nicola the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman) is the most powerful man east of the Atlantic, a shadowy crime boss who rules with an iron fist with the help of nine diverse assassins and the Red Gang, a force not to be trifled with. His right-hand man is Killer #2 (Kevin McKidd), a cold-hearted, smooth-talking, toe-tapping murderer dressed in red and wielding a deadly blade without remorse. The citizens live in fear of this pack of wolves, and wait for the hero who can overthrow the tyrant.
One night, a man (Josh Hartnett) walks into the bar of the local insurgent (Woody Harrelson) and desires two things: a shot of whisky and to kill Nicola. Soon, another stranger enters the bar, a samurai named Yoshi (played by Japanese pop star GACKT). Yoshi wants to avenge his father by taking back a talisman that Nicola stole from his clan. Armed with crossed destinies and incredible fighting skills, the two set out on a journey, breaking bones and cracking heads in search for Nicola.
In an amalgam of samurai film, spaghetti western and chop socky - and using a stylish blend of neo-noir, German expressionism and Russian futurism - director Guy Moshe's debut feature Bunraku is nothing short of ambitious. Characters in the world of Bunraku spin and ricochet against a backdrop that resembles a pop-up-book made of origami, ever-changing and whirring like a steam driven Victorian theatre set. It is a universe driven by pugilistic force, delivered in a brash style of amazing physical combat sequences by stunt coordinator Clayton Barber and fight choreographer Larnell Stovall that evoke Gene Kelly by way of Bloodsport. Hartnett will surprise many with his presence as the man with no name, played with a steely perfection and ripped straight out of a Western, while GACKT channels Toshiro Mifune's stone cold devotion to a mission.
Completely unique while drawing upon a myriad of classical influences, Bunraku emerges as a visually stunning and adrenaline pumping blend of flavours old and new, east and west.
Right, I have no idea how to describe what I just watched. There are shades of other films there that you can pull out, but as a whole it's something else entirely. I love the style, the colours, the sets, and some of the direction. Okay I'm confused about the story but the visuals and some of the fight scenes look fantastic.
One of the things I'm most excited about is that Kevin McKidd looks so cool in some of those fight scenes, sword fighting backwards? I just watched it a second time as I wrote some of this, so that's a damn good sign already.