Bunraku

(2011)

A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil "woodcutter" and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past. This classic tale is re-vitalized and re-imagined in an entirely fresh visual context, set in a unique world that mixes skewed reality with shadow-play fantasy, a place where even the landscape can betray you. Heroes triumph here only because the force of their will transforms and transcends both space and time. The world of BUNRAKU is past and present, fantasy and reality, Samurai and Western all combined. Like SIN CITY and 300, it gives classic conflict a whole new graphically supercharged dynamic. Resonating through a wide range of cultures and showcasing a mind-blowing array of martial arts disciplines, BUNRAKU is a fresh arena for breathtaking fight action.

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Perlman Talks ‘Bunraku’

Ron Perlman is an actor who never seems to stop working. He manages to find time between his hit FX series Sons of Anarchy to fit in movie projects such as Conan the Barbarian and Drive. He has even recently provided his trademark voice to animated TV shows such as Adventure Time, American Dad!, and SpongeBob SquarePants. The actor will next be seen on the big screen as the villain Nicola in the stylish action project Bunraku, which is currently available on VOD formats and will debut in theaters September 30. I recently had the chance to speak with Ron Perlman over the phone to discuss Bunraku and much more. Here's what he had to say below.

I spoke with Josh (Hartnett) and Kevin (McKidd) for this movie, and they both said (director) Guy (Moshe) showed them an extensive storyboard presentation. I was curious if you had the same kind of introduction to this project?

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EXCLUSIVE: Ron Perlman Talks ‘Hellboy 3’ and ‘Frankie Go Boom’

Back in June, Hellboy comic book creator Mike Mignola indicated that Guillermo del Toro, who directed Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, will not be back to direct Hellboy 3. Perhaps if enough of you "write your Congressman" as Ron Perlman requested, we may be able to change the director's mind.

Be sure to check back in the near future for my full interview with Ron Perlman.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ron Perlman Wants Three More ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Seasons

Stay tuned for my full interview with Ron Perlman for his new movie Bunraku in the very near future. Sons of Anarchy airs on Tuesday nights at 10 PM ET on FX.

Bunraku was released September 30th, 2011.

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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin McKidd Talks ‘Bunraku’

Actor Kevin McKidd discusses playing Killer 2 in Bunraku, working with director Guy Moshe, his voice role in Pixar's Brave, and more.

Actor Kevin McKidd was on his way to becoming an engineer at the University of Edinburgh before being bitten by the acting bug in college. After making his big-screen debut in Small Faces, the actor broke out with his second movie, the British classic Trainspotting, where he portrayed Tommy. The actor hasn't stopped working since with roles in movies such as Dog Soldiers, Nicholas Nickleby, Kingdom Of Heaven, and Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Sea Monsters. He has also starred on the small screen as well, with memorable roles as Lucius Vorenus in the HBO drama Rome and his current role as Dr. Owen Hunt on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. Kevin McKidd will next be seen as Killer 2 in Bunraku, which will be released on VOD formats September 1 ahead of its theatrical release on September 30. I recently had the chance to speak with Kevin McKidd over the phone to discuss Bunraku and more. Here's what he had to say below.

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EXCLUSIVE: Josh Hartnett Talks ‘Bunraku’

Josh Hartnett discusses his role in Bunraku, working with this ensemble cast, future projects, and much more.

I have followed actor Josh Hartnett's career ever since the Halloween: H20 days for a couple of reasons. One is that we both hail from that frozen tundra of a state known as Minnesota, and two, he always makes intriguing choices as an actor from big-budget blockbusters like Pearl Harbor to indie's like Lucky Number Slevin and stylized genre fare like Sin City and 30 Days of Night. The actor's next project is the upcoming indie Bunraku, which will be available on VOD platforms September 1 before its theatrical release on September 30. Josh Hartnett stars as a mysterious unnamed drifter, who rolls into a town which has become terrorized by demons and other supernatural forces. I recently had the chance to speak with Josh Hartnett over the phone about this new movie. Here's what he had to say.

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EXCLUSIVE: Seven ‘Bunraku’ Character Photos

A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior named Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil woodcutter and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past. Guy Moshe writes and directs Bunraku, which comes to theaters on September 30th, and will be made available on VOD September 1st. We have seven exclusive behind-the-scenes character photos from the film featuring cast members Josh Hartnett, Kevin McKidd, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, and Larnell Stovall. Check them out below.

Bunraku was released September 30th, 2011.

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‘Bunraku’ Trailer

Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, and Demi Moore star in this tale about a drifter and a Japanese warrior who take on a town full of criminals.

Demi Moore Set for ‘Happy Tears’ and ‘Bunraku’

Joining Parker Posey in and Woody Harrelson in 2 indies.