Bunraku: Review

The highly anticipated Tarantinoesque mash-up unfortunately misses the mark

A smouldering cowboy (Josh Hartnett) and a seething samurai team up to take down a kingpin (Ron 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 like he’s doing community service as a sagelike bartender. Bunraku aspires to be Kill Bill: Vol 3; it’s more like an ornate pitch for a Dick Tracy reboot.

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First published on 7 Nov 2011. Updated on 3 Mar 2014.

By Eric Hynes   |  
 

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