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… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: September 30, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bunraku admirably strives for visual panache, but the staging, acting, and effects are dismal with a complete lack of excitement.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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

Full review…
Andy Webster
New York Times

A potpourri of genres that ends up a morass of clichés.

Full review…
Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

Bunraku is everything from blatant ripoff to experimental cinema to a graphic novel gone wild with its bad acting and predictable ending.

Full review…
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Full review…
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Bunraku" is so desensitizing with its hyper-stylized distractions and movie references it feels more mush-up than mash-up.

Full review…
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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.

Full review…
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Extremely cool-looking in the manner of "Sin City,'' but clumsily staged, slackly acted and mind-numbingly dull...

Full review…
John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Brian Orndorf

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.

Full review…
More reviews for Bunraku

Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Films like this really need to manage their style and substance. Josh Hartnett plays a lone stranger in a world where guns have become outlawed. He is joined by… More
JY Skacto
Guy Moshe's <i>Bunraku</i> goes heavy on the visuals, but is that enough?<p>The pacing of the story is consistently moderate; however, it… More
Emily Armstrong
What a very strange movie. It looks like it was shot on the same soundstage (and with the same crew) as Repo! The Genetic Opera, with its lush and surreal… More
Sol C
This film does deliver. It has a unique look to it. It is like they were trying to do a visual style similar to Sin City and The Big Bang. The story reminded me… More
Steve K
Style to spare but nothing else to offer. Unoriginal, thin, overlong, and often silly.
Stephen Skudlarek
Very weird but also very interesting. I love how this film is shot, and the artistic detail in the background and sets is simply amazing; I've never seen… More