Bunraku

Action,Drama

Ornate fantasy falls short of Kill Bill ambitions Discuss this article

A smouldering cowboy (Hartnett) and a seething samurai team up to take down a kingpin (Perlman) and his colourful contract killers in this fever-pitched pastiche of fanboy fantasy tropes. Director Guy Moshe has visual flair to spare, providing a fusillade of camera whips and pans, cartoons and copious kung fu.

Yet all this sound and fury service a story so nonsensically convoluted that voiceover exposition (courtesy of Faith No More’s Mike Patton) only compounds the confusion. Hartnett is less a nouveau Charles Bronson than a poor man’s Josh Brolin, while Woody Harrelson acts as though he’s doing community service as a sage-like bartender. Bunraku aspires to be Kill Bill: Vol 3; it’s more like an ornate pitch for a Dick Tracy reboot.

By Eric Hynes
Time Out Doha,

Bunraku

  • Duration: 124
  • Released: Thu, 12 Jan
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Guy Moshe
  • Stars: Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Emily Kaiho

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