'Bunraku': Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, and Josh Hartnett's mustache star in a martial arts-western-noir-fantasy

We’ve seen it all by now. A heist movie about bank robbers doing one last job, a romantic comedy about successful women who need to find a man, a samurai-western-noir-fantasy based on a centuries-old Japanese puppet theater tradition starring Woody Harrelson…wait, that last one sounds new! Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Bunraku, a film which (to judge by these photos) looks a little bit like A Fistful of Dollars and Kung Fu Hustle shot like Sin City with a curiously familiar cast: Josh Hartnett plays the Eastwood-ish protagonist, Woody Harrelson plays a bartender, and Demi Moore, Kevin McKidd, and the great Ron Perlman are also in the mix. The film doesn’t currently have a U.S. release date, though it’ll be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out some more intriguing photos after the jump.

I want Kevin McKidd’s outfit. He’s playing a character named Killer 2. It’s that kind of movie. Hi, Demi!

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m a total sucker for movies where the evil minions dress like renegades from a Michael Moorcock book cover.


PopWatchers, are you intrigued? Frightened? Disturbed? Sound off below!

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  • Di

    I will watch anything with either Woody Harrelson… or Josh Hartnett’s mustache.

  • Mr. Holloway

    I thought Hartnett was Skeet Ulrich in that photo.

    Also…”Indecent Proposal” reunion!! (Anybody?)

    • Joanna

      Yes! Re “Indecent Proposal” – I thought so too! :D

  • harry

    I am so there!!!

  • Ryuu

    Um. hello? whatever happened to the samurai in the film, guys! D: You’re missing someone!

    • Gacktfan2321

      YES!! we need more GACKT!!!

    • Emi

      Yep! I’ve been keeping an eye on this movie since 2008 because of Gackt!

      • Lazuli888

        We ve been waitin for such a long time! We SO wanna see this movie!
        Keep an eye on GACKT people, he is true magic!

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  • Victoria

    I’m so excited for this movie~ this article forgot to mention though that my favorite Japanese singer, GACKT, is one of the actors starring in this film. Can’t wait for a US date!!

    • Carolyn

      I just discovered Gackt. He is an amazing singer. I have never heard a voice like his. Even without understanding Japanese, you can appreciate his vocal talent. And he is stunning to look at. I hope making this movie was a good experience for him.

  • ashley

    I can’t wait to see this so I can go all fan girly for GACKT I can’t wait for this

  • Nicolle

    I´m so excited for this movie…But please, dont forget GACKT, he also starring this movie…

  • Angela

    If Kevin McKidd is in it, then I’m watching it.

  • Jessica

    Excited? Frightened? Confused? How about all of the above. This will either be really good, or really really really bad.

  • moon

    yes we want to see more GACKT <3

  • Spiteful Dear

    D: why does nobody talk about Gackt being in this movie?! He’s the ONLY reason I’m going to see it! I could understand if he only had a minor role like Sao Feng from the Pirates movie, BUT HE’S ONE OF THE STARS!! HE’LL BE IN THE MOVIE FOR IT’S DURATION!!

  • orGACKTsm

    the only reason most fans including myself will watch Bunraku is because of GACKT and he isn’t even mentioned? this is so wrong :(

  • Jon

    I am not sure how I hadn’t heard of this film before now, but my life is richer just knowing this is out there.
    I am waiting impatiently to see this and will see this as soon as possible in a theater near me.

  • CinephileSandra

    I am definitely seeing this at TIFF this year, I cannot WAIT. Kevin McKidd kicking some ass? YES PLEASE.

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