Bunraku (2010) English/Japanese- Action Rated- “R” Runtime 118 min. dir. Guy Moshe
Thank goodness I followed up that bad martial arts movie with a really awesome one! I initially thought that Bunraku was going to be weird, and it is, but it is also really great. Let me tell you why.
Two mysterious dudes meet up in a dystopian future where swords have replaced guns as the primary weapon in the culture. After coming to the realization that they both hate the same guy, they team up to become even awesome-r. Actually pretty good overall. Although it is a little long, nothing feels out of place or unneeded.
A great overall cast, with a few especially bright spots. Josh Harnett is great as the coll-headed, but quick-handed drifter. I also found myself drifting off whenever Ron Perlman began a wonderful monologue. That man can talk.
Stellar fight photography combined with interesting lighting and color choices. at some points it almost felt more like a stage play than a movie, which was kind of cool in a way.
Just as awesome as the photography. The transitions were a great highlight, providing a lot of stylistic overtones to the mood.
The length became an issue only once. It is just hard to maintain such a break-neck pace over the course of a two hour film.