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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It should surprise no one that visually quirky, graphic-novelish, pulp-noir action flicks rarely come through the sausage machine intact."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A potpourri of genres that ends up a morass of clichés."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Bunraku is everything from blatant ripoff to experimental cinema to a graphic novel gone wild with its bad acting and predictable ending."
‑ Billy Tatum, We Got This Covered
"Midnight movie fans as well as graphic artists will appreciate the style of the picture, if not the substance... mainly because there's not much substance to be found at all."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"A fun action flick distinguished by the stunning visuals."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"It's not difficult to see why this movie - which reportedly cost $25 million - has been looking for a release date since it was finished more than three years ago."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
""Bunraku" is so desensitizing with its hyper-stylized distractions and movie references it feels more mush-up than mash-up."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A mega mash-up in the vein of Sucker Punch, Bunraku jumbles together elements with a self-consciousness that's as turgid as its story proper."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"What do Hartnett and Geckt want with Perlman? Mostly, I think, they're just looking for excuses to get into elaborate kung fu fights."
‑ Matt Singer, IFC.com
"Extremely cool-looking in the manner of "Sin City,'' but clumsily staged, slackly acted and mind-numbingly dull..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"One long, extensively choreographed fight sequence in which "mortal" blows are delivered so often, and with so little lasting impact, that a brawl just becomes a brawl becomes a brawl."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"An overstylized, overwritten, overinflated jumble that doesn't have a clue when to quit. It's definitely colorful and eager to please, but a little of this convoluted mess goes a long way."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Completely pointless and utterly unwatchable..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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