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Strange Banraku teaser online

JoshHartnett.jpgWe've heard a bit about the film Bunraku in the past, Bunraku is a style of Japanese storytelling that uses these four foot puppets and the blackly dressed puppeteers, and when we heard about the film styles such as papier-mache, CGI, Hitchcock, Michael Gondry, and four foot tall Japanese puppets were all mentioned.

It sounded bizarre, but now we've seen our first glimpse, and although it's incredibly short and you might find yourself questioning the need for a teaser at this stage considering everything that's not in it and what it doesn't do, and that's a fair amount.

Here's what Josh Hartnett had to say about it when he last talked about the film, but then that was back in January of 2008:

"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...

...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...

...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."

Now we're hit with a decent sized blurb about Bunraku:

A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that is terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil "woodcutter" and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past.

This classic tale is re-vitalized and re-imagined in an entirely fresh visual context, set in a unique world that mixes skewed reality with shadow-play fantasy, a place where even the landscape can betray you. Heroes triumph here only because the force of their will transforms and transcends both space and time.

The world of Bunraku is past and present, fantasy and reality, Samurai and Western all combined. Like Sin City and 300, it gives classic conflict a whole new graphically supercharged dynamic. Resonating through a wide range of cultures and showcasing a mind-blowing array of martial arts disciplines, Bunraku is a fresh arena for breath-taking fight action.

Now put all that together and we're looking at something rather unique, and as has been said before, perhaps as unique asSin City (Filmstalker review) and 300 (Filmstalker review) was when they first popped up.

Here's the teaser trailer that comes through Quiet Earth. I know it's short but tell me what you think, is this going to be something interesting or not? Certainly the cast list is looking strong and the styling sounds something special.



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