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Drama . Action . Thriller

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter, a bartender and a young samurai plot revenge against a ruthless leader and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins.

Actors: Shahar Sorek , Emily Kaiho , Jordi Mollà , Shun Sugata , GACKT , Kevin McKidd , Ron Perlman , Woody Harrelson , Demi Moore , Josh Hartnett
Directors: Guy Moshe
Country: USA
Release: 2011-11-30
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  • Mark Holcomb

    Insular and indulgent as it is, though, the movie is never less than a visual treat.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Bunraku comes up frustratingly empty, and just as many of its elements simply bloat an overlong run time. (Demi Moore shows up seemingly to give the film more than one female speaking part.) It looks good, but Bunraku feels like a Frankenstein's monster of references that someone failed to animate.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    Bunraku aspires to be "Kill Bill: Vol 3"; it's more like an ornate pitch for a "Dick Tracy" reboot.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Moshe, who wrote and directed, creates a boldly Expressionistic alternate reality to background this heavy-on-the-action story, but neglects narrative and character beyond the most basic strokes.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    If Bunraku were serious about subverting or reinventing the genres it's cobbled together, Moore would play the gunslinger or the samurai or the crime boss. But no. All she gets are a couple of scenes that demonstrate that she still looks great soaking wet.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    Everything feels secondhand in Guy Moshe's Bunraku, a potpourri of genres that ends up a morass of clichés.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    No image or moment is grounded – every shot is augmented with restless animation, smart-ass narration or video game sounds. The artificiality of it all is smothering.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    It's a picture that's akin to a terrarium of plastic flowers -- gaudily decorative, but airless and lifeless.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    It should surprise no one that visually quirky, graphic-novelish, pulp-noir action flicks rarely come through the sausage machine intact.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Writer-director Guy Moshe's crime saga is a work of second-generation derivation, weaving together scraps from homages to Westerns, film noir, samurai films, gangster pics, and class-warfare dramas.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Extremely cool-looking in the manner of "Sin City,'' but clumsily staged, slackly acted and mind-numbingly dull, Israeli director Guy Moshe's English-language fantasy is set in a future when guns, and apparently coherent conversations, have been outlawed.

    New York Post Full Review
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