DVD - 2011
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A mysterious drifter and a young Japanese warrior arrive in a town that has been terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and both will be guided by the wisdom of The Bartender at the Horseless Horseman Saloon. The two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of an evil 'woodcutter' and his lady, a femme fatale with a secret past
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : ARC Entertainment, 2011
Branch Call Number: DVD Bunraku 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R


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Feb 08, 2019

Firearms have been banned sometime in the future. The premise enables this film to punctuate its plot with many lengthy fight scenes with blades, blunt objects and combats in martial arts. An unusual artistic film with an accomplished cast: Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, and Gackt. Eclectic characters and prettily choreographed actions showcasing a pair of mysterious young men’s quest in seeking vengeance by eliminating killers 10 to 2 in order before reaching killer number 1 and his axe.

Jun 06, 2016

Horrible. Really bad mixture of cartoon sets and live actors.

Jan 25, 2016

This is a weird combination of fantasy western/samurai fare that will leave you scratching your head wondering if you should like or hate it. My vote is on the former. Bunraku is odd at times but once the story is underway you will come to enjoy the creative fight sequences as well as the presence of the always charismatic Ron Perlman. The final fights were disappointing (what a letdown on the penultimate fight!) but even still it's worth a rental if you have nothing better to do.

Apr 26, 2013

The first international film GACKT has starred in. :3

Sep 08, 2012


kevfarley Mar 12, 2012

Very colorful !,.. sometimes tooo much so. Over-styled ?
"A stranger comes to town" , (and cleans up),.. but with two lead 'heros' , Japanese and Western ,.. perhaps to bost box office ($) appeal ? The review by lasertravis (see below) sez it best,..

wayne19711012 Feb 21, 2012

very comic

lasertravis Dec 22, 2011

I gave this movie 3 stars for originality. The action sequences are heavily choreographed and stylish. The backdrops are pretty and stylish. In the vein of The Warrior's Way, but I didn't like it as much. The story and the characters didn't grab me like they did in that movie. Worth watching if you enjoy stylish action movies like Sin City or The Spirit. Has a real Frank Miller quality to it, though not as CGI heavy or as well done.


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