‘VIEWS FROM A BURNING WINDMILL: BUNRAKU

The online movie watching diary/review roundup of LA FRANKENSTEIN. Follow my cinematic journey from the glimmering towers of Hollywood’s greatest filmmaking achievements, to the stinking needle strewn alley of the schlockiest straight to video crap. The next time you can’t decide what to watch, check back here. You’re sure to find something new to love…or hate…or both! ~L.A. Frankenstein


 

TITLE: BUNRAKU

YEAR: 2010

RUNNING TIME:124 min

DIRECTOR: Guy Moshe

STARRING: Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Demi Moor

GENRE TAGS: Western-Kung Fu-Sci-Fi

SYNOPSIS: It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie that so desperately wants to be “Badass!”  It tries to be SO cool and stylized.  It wants to be mysterious and action packed… It fails across the bored (No that’s not a spelling error).  The title refers to a type of Japanese paper doll theater that the movie occasionally (pretentiously), wants to imitate.  Again, (apart from one scene) it fails.  The movie’s truest desire though is to be called “The Shaw Bros. meets Sergio Leoni”…but even if you add a “poor man’s” or “D-List combination of” modifier in front, it still doesn’t earn it.  The plot has Gakt and Josh Hartnett(SO Badass here that he rarely speaks above a whisper) fighting through separate but equally typical revenge stories, but the bright colors, cheesy sets (the whole movie is distractingly sound stagey) and clunky fights make this feel more like Adam West’s Batman than the Spaghetti Western/Chopsocky pics it idolizes.

TAGLINE: A civilized weapon for uncivilized times

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