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EXCLUSIVE: AICN Premieres The BUNRAKU Trailer Online!

Nordling here.

Jeez, we've been posting a ton of content today and half our staff's in San Diego.  And the day's not over yet - I have an exclusive poster premiere later in the evening.  But if you can keep up with us, we're going to keep bringing you the good stuff.

Attack Of The Show played the BUNRAKU trailer on Wednesday, July 20th, and today, AICN has it for you exclusive online!  The trailer looks crazy, with gangsters, cowboys, samurai, car chases, and Woody Harrelson doing his Bartender thing again.  This played at last year's Fantastic Fest and got a great response, and judging from the trailer it looks to be kinetic and fun.  Here's the BUNRAKU trailer!

BUNRAKU comes out on September 1st VOD and September 30th Theatrical.  Nordling, out.

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  • July 21, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Ashton Kutcher is one lucky sod.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    This is right up my alley.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    uhhh.. what??

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

  • July 21, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Looks wonderfully low-budget

    by Nuts

    Definitely want to see. I wonder if Gackt has any lines of dialogue? I don't think he can speak english.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    This will make no money

    by eric haislar

    no matter how good it is. How do you market this film?

  • July 21, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Great Dick Tracy vibe on the hyper reality

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Someone got a good deal on some cheap studio space, and spent the rest on cast (with a great backend no doubt), and kick ass production designer and fx guy.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Weird. I like it!

    by technosnob

    People always say they want something different, but when it comes along they run in the other direction.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Sin City vs. Big Trouble In Little China

    by rev_skarekroe

    I smell a movie that'll flop in theaters but gain a big cult following on DVD.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by nico_laos

    Gackt actually speaks pretty decent english in real life.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I'm sold

    by LloydPancakes

    Looks like a fun movie

  • July 21, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Sin City in Dick Tracy colours with dated fights - barf bag crap

    by melonman

    Even sitting through the trailer makes me yearn for natural sunlight. Or an intelligent plot, non-cardboard characters, uncliched dialogue. Even an ounce of wit or glimmer of intelligence. No matter how cheap this is, they could have done better with the cast sitting in a hotel room reciting the room service menu. I normally try to be an optimist when it comes to shit movies, but straining to say anything good about this makes my head hurt.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    And why do I need to know *everything* about this guy right, fucking, now.

  • July 21, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Roveache

    Dated green screen kung fu crap! This has been in post production for like 3 years now, because the film-makers are incompetent assholes. Take it from me!

  • July 21, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    A Stephen Chow movie without Stephen Chow

    by MotherPussBucket

    is what it looks like

  • July 21, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Saw this at TIFF's Midnight Madness

    by Jon

    And the response from most people I know there was pretty bad. A few people I knew walked out. I don't know why I didn't. I picked it based on what sounded like it could be a surprise cult hit. The film's not good enough for that despite how hard it tries. My thoughts from right after I saw the film: Set in a paper-maché world Michel Gondry would be proud of, Bunraku is a strange little film revolving around two strangers who come to a town ruled over with an iron fist by the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman); one a samurai, the other a cowboy (in a world without guns), played by Japanese pop star GACKT and Josh Hartnett respectively. Hartnett plays the same moody noir character he seems to have played over and over in Sin City and The Black Dahlia while Woody Harrelson gets the most amusing role of the film as the Bartender. In contrast, Demi Moore gets the most thankless role, a part that could easily have left on the cutting room floor but which is most likely still in the film for marketing purposes. The sets of Bunraku are elaborately designed like a pop-up book come to life and the film has a vibrant colour to it that engages on a visual level. In its style, the closest comparison would be to Sin City, as Bunraku plays with a similar awareness of comic conventions. Unfortunately, Bunraku's primary focus is the visual aspect, with the little story there is playing like an afterthought. Whereas Sin City has a clarity of vision and commendably weaves together a few engaging threads, Bunraku is a much simpler piece with fight scenes comprising the bulk of the film, connected by a bare semblance of story. This would be more palatable if the fight choreography was varied and engaging, but it is very much a hit and miss affair, often lacking the brutal energy or elegant dance that makes martial arts films a thrill to watch. All sorts of quirky elements are thrown into the fights to engage the audience but the clutter and the kitchen-sink approach actually detracts from the experience, feeling like a whole lot of noise with little to show for it. It's no surprise that the one fight scene that elicited cheers and claps from the audience was an economical, stripped-down setpiece with a singular focus - a thrilling jailbreak fight in one shot that is like Mirror's Edge (the 2D version) come to life. The relentless music and over-the-top sound design is simularly clunky in its onslaught and paring back some of its manic approach would help the film vary its tone and give its pacing more shape.

  • July 21, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Weird sets. Looks like one of those that...

    by Jaka

    ....if you can get into it you could really love it, but if you can't get the suspension of disbelief flowing it could be a complete joke. I have to admit I liked the vibe of the trailer.

  • July 21, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    looks bad enough to be a Robert Rodrigez movie...

    by K-Gin

  • July 21, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    looks totally awesome

    by Matthew Zamias

    looks utterly unique, can't wait to check it out!

  • July 21, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    This looks like 100% DOGSHIT.

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • July 21, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Looks GOOD like The SPIRIT!

    by JethroBodine


  • July 21, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Kickass Bunraku review from Muldoon at Fantastic Fest

    by Matthew Zamias

    This film is by far the best film I've seen this year. I know I have different taste than most anyone else at Ain't It Cool, but this movie kicked my ass. The style is something all of it's own. Films like WATCHMEN, 300, MOULIN ROUGE, THE MATRIX, and SIN CITY came to mind throughout the film, though nothing felt lifted off any of them. Guy Moshe is someone to watch out for. I can't wait to see whatever the hell he's got up his sleeve for his next flick. I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around the film. It's got a deep, thick, colorful world filled with interesting and crazy characters. This movie flat out blew me away. Trying to not spoil anything here, but Hartnett beats the hell out of a Cirque De Sole guy on a safety net, there's a car chase or two, hundreds of gallons of blood (real and digital) splat everywhere, and the story's damn fun. The idea of fighting levels of baddies in this film is in no way new, (THE GAME OF DEATH, KILL BILL, etc...) but it feels incredibly fresh.

  • July 21, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Trying too hard: The Movie

    by jarjarmessiah

    Makes The Spirit look like Ghandi

  • July 22, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Throw in Robert Redford....

    by mooseaka

    ... and you got yourself Indecent Proposal 2.

  • July 22, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST


    by MamboMan

  • July 22, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Nice to see Kevin McKidd getting work, even if...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...he seems to be typecast as a "poor man's Daniel Craig."

  • July 22, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    isn't Gackt a Klingon dish

    by immuneman


  • July 22, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    who is gackt?

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    a talentless hack that makes little girls wet because he's so obviously gay. yeah, i'm a hater, take that internet...

  • July 24, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    BUNRAKU: The first movie to be shot in papier-mache and cardboard!

    by MrMysteryGuest