Bunraku

Bunraku

Josh Hartnett (The Drifter) in BUNRAKU, a film by Guy Moshe. Picture courtesy of ARC Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Bunraku (2010/2011)

Opened: 09/30/2011 Limited

Limited09/30/2011
Sunset 5/LA09/30/2011 - 10/06/20117 days
AMC Empire 2509/30/2011 - 10/06/20117 days
DVD11/01/2011

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Genre: Animated Fantasy/Drama

Rated: Unrated

Synopsis

Using cutting-edge visuals and heart-pounding fight choreography, BUNRAKU combines comic-books, spaghetti westerns, samurai films, video-games, and more into a stunning glimpse at an alternate future.

In a world without guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) walks into a strange town terrorized by the ruthless Nicola (Ron Perlman) and his army of thugs, headed by nine deadly assassins including the vicious Killer #2 (Kevin McKidd). The drifter is forced to trust a young samurai (Japanese superstar Gackt) looking to restore his family's honor, and the local bartender (Woody Harrelson) who has been secretly awaiting a dream team to help overthrow Nicola's tyrannical regime.

Cast Biographies

Josh Hartnett (The Drifter)

Josh Hartnett was born in San Francisco and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He first came to audiences' attention as "Michael 'Fitz' Fitzgerald" in the television series "Cracker". He made his feature film debut in 1998, co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis in HALLOWEEN: H20 for Miramax. That same year, he received an MTV Movie award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. Also in 1998, Josh starred in THE FACULTY directed by Robert Rodriguez, again for Miramax. In 1999 he starred in Paramount Classics critically acclaimed black comedy THE VIRGIN SUICIDES opposite Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut.

In 2001 Hartnett hit a stride by starring in three features. He portrayed the antagonist in the Lions Gate Film O, a modern day version of Othello. His portrayal of the dark and dangerous character, Hugo, earned him widespread praise. He then landed a role in the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster PEARL HARBOR which earned over $1 billion dollars worldwide for Disney. He segued to Morocco where he starred in Sony's BLACK HAWK DOWN for director Ridley Scott, again, a Jerry Bruckheimer production. The film, which was based on Mark Bowden's 1999 nonfiction novel of the same name, told the story of an ill-fated U.S. Humanitarian mission in Somalia which took place on October 3, 1993. In 2002 the National Theater Owners awarded him with the ShoWest 2002 Male Star of Tomorrow Award.

Josh starred in MGM's WICKER PARK opposite Diane Krueger (Troy) and Rose Byrne (Troy) for director Paul McGuigan, Miramax's SIN CITY for director Robert Rodriguez, and MOZART AND THE WHALE written by Ron Bass (a love story between two people with Asperger's Syndrome). He also starred in LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN with Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis for The Weinstein Company and THE BLACK DAHLIA for director Brian De Palma, opposite Scarlett Johansson, which was released by Universal Pictures in September 2006. Hartnett recently starred in RESURRECTING THE CHAMP opposite Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Rod Lurie, and in Sony's 30 DAYS OF NIGHT for director David Slade.

In 2008, Josh was seen in the independent drama AUGUST, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It is the story of two brothers struggling to keep their young company afloat in the summer of 2001, just before the 9/11 attacks. He will also be starring in the upcoming thriller I COME WITH THE RAIN, as an ex-Los Angeles cop turned private eye who travels to Hong Kong in search of the missing son of a Chinese billionaire. The film is directed by the esteemed Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, best known for his first feature film, THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, for which he won the prestigious Camera D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.

In 2008 he starred as Charlie Babbit in the stage adaptation of "Rain Man" in London's West End at the Apollo Theatre alongside Olivier nominated British actor Adam Godley.

Additional film credits include HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS, BLOW DRY, TOWN AND COUNTRY, and HERE ON EARTH.

Woody Harrelson (The Bartender)

Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson's rare mix of intensity and charisma consistently surprises and delights audiences and critics alike for his work in both mainstream and independent projects.

Harrelson is currently in production on Will Gluck's FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, a comedy about the complications of a friendship turned romantic, starring Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Patricia Clarkson. He will next be seen in Guy Moshe's BUNRAKU co-starring Josh Hartnett and Demi Moore.

Harrelson's portrayal of a casualty notification officer opposite Ben Foster in Oren Moverman's THE MESSENGER garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also recently seen in director Peter Stebbings' DEFENDOR opposite Kat Dennings; and Ruben Fleischer's box office hit ZOMBIELAND opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin.

His critically-acclaimed portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT also garnered him Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Best Actor nominations. Additional credits include Stuart Townsend's BATTLE IN SEATTLE with Charlize Theron, Andre Benjamin and Ray Liotta; Brad Anderson's TRANSSIBERIAN starring opposite Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, and Ben Kingsley; and Gabriele Muccino's SEVEN POUNDS starring Will Smith and Rosario Dawson. Other highlights from Harrelson's film career include SEMI-PRO; THE GRAND; NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; A SCANNER DARKLY; A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION; THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO; NORTH COUNTRY; THE BIG WHITE; AFTER THE SUNSET; PLAY IT TO THE BONE; ED TV; THE HI-LO COUNTY; THE THIN RED LINE; WAG THE DOG; WELCOME TO SARAJEVO; KINGPIN; NATURAL BORN KILLERS; INDECENT PROPOSAL; and WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP.

Harrelson first endeared himself to millions of viewers as a member of the ensemble cast of NBC's long-running hit comedy, CHEERS. For his work as the affable bartender Woody Boyd, he won an Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show. In 1999, he gained another Emmy nomination when he reprised the role in a guest appearance on the spin-off series FRASIER. He later made a return to television with a recurring guest role on the hit NBC series, WILL AND GRACE.

Balancing his film and television work, in 1999 Harrelson directed his own play, FURTHEST FROM THE SUN at the Theatre de la Juene Lune in Minneapolis. He followed next with the Roundabout's Broadway revival of THE RAINMAKER; Sam Shepherd's THE LATE HENRY MOSS, and John Kolvenbach's ON AN AVERAGE DAY opposite Kyle MacLachlan at London's West End. Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's THIS IS OUR YOUTH at the Berkeley Street Theatre. In the winter of 2005 Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in Tennessee Williams' NIGHT OF THE IGUANA at the Lyric Theatre.

A committed environmentalist, Harrelson joined his activism with his film efforts in Ron Mann's GO FURTHER, a road documentary following Woody and friends on their bicycle journey down the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to Santa Barbara.

Gackt (Yoshi)

After performing for years as the vocalist of the band MALICE MIZER, Gackt started his solo music career in 1999. So far, all of his 38 singles and 10 albums have reached Top 10 on the Billboard charts. He set a new record for Most Consecutive Top 10 Hits with his 38 singles by a male solo artist in Japan. His albums and DVDs have been released not only in Japan but in North America and Asian countries including South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has gained a number of ardent fans both in Japan and abroad with the quality and incomparable sense of music. He is the first Japanese artist to start simultaneous distribution of all songs in the catalogue to the world on Apple's iTunes Music Store. Gackt also performs overseas.

In Asia, he participated in the "Japan-China Diplomatic Relations Normalization 30th Anniversary Commemoration Concert" held at the Beijing Workers Stadium in2002 and in the Japan-China Culture and Sports Exchange Year in 2007, which commemorated the 35th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between two countries, held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In 2003 he penned and starred in the movie MOON CHILD, which was shot in Taiwan and released in several countries in Asia, Europe and the US as well as Japan. In 2004 he won an award for "Best Asia Rock Artist" at the M.net Asian Music Awards, the largest music event in South Korea. In 2007 he joined the newly formed supergroup S.K.I.N., founded by Yoshiki of X-Japan. The band played a gig at the Anime Expo convention in Long Beach, California, in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000. He toured Europe for the first time in July 2010. Tickets for the concert in 5 cities in 4 European countries were sold out in a moment and he received a strong welcome from the audience eagerly waiting for his performance. The year 2009 marked the 10th anniversary of his solo debut and he released 4 new singles within a week of one another. He held his first record-scale nationwide tour of 60 performances in 3 years.

His official website gets more than 5 million hits a month, and he works extensively in movie, drama, stage and dubbing as well as music activity. Gackt played the warlord Uesugi Kenshin in the NHK TV drama "Furin Kazan" in 2007, creating new image of Uesugi Kenshin. He played the role again in the Kenshin Festival in Joetsu City, Niigata, with record attendance of 240,000 visitors. He provided the voice for Malthazard in the Japanese release of the French film ARTHUR ET LA VENGEANCE DE MALTAZARD (2009, Director: Luc Besson). Gackt now stars in the stage drama "Nemuri Kyoshiro Burai Hikae." The drama is based on a legend of Nemuri Kyoshiro in the bestselling novel by Renzaburo Shibata, one of the most famous Japanese novelists. A total of 120 performances are scheduled from May 2010 to February 2011in 7 major cities nationwide.

Kevin McKidd (Killer #2)

An established star of film, television and theatre, Scottish actor Kevin McKidd made his feature film debut in 1996, starring in Gillies MacKinnon's SMALL FACES, quickly followed by a starring role alongside Ewan McGregor in the film TRAINSPOTTING the same year. Robert Abele characterized McKidd so appropriately in the Los Angeles Times in May 2008 by stating, "For many actors, the thrill of the calling lies in the ornamental and internal details that transform who they are into what they're not. Good-natured Scottish actor Kevin McKidd has made a name for himself playing such varied roles as a doomed drug addict in TRAINSPOTTING, a brooding Caesar-era soldier in HBO's "Rome," a veteran with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in "Grey's Anatomy" and a time-travelling journalist in 2007's NBC drama "Journeyman."

Presently, McKidd is gracing the small screen in his second season on the hit ABC show, "Grey's Anatomy" where his character, 'Dr. Owen Hunt', made an immediate impact on the show's loyal fanbase. 'Hunt' is an Iraq war veteran medic who comes to Seattle Grace Hospital and while being questioned for his unconventional approach to standard medical procedures, he catches the eye of Sandra Oh's character 'Dr. Cristina Yang'. As the seasons progress, the relationship between 'Dr. Hunt' and 'Dr. Yang' grows increasingly more complicated as obstacles are thrown in their way.

Demonstrating how easily he can transition from television to film, as well as cross from one genre to the next, McKidd co-starred in the 2008 romantic comedy, MADE OF HONOR in which he captured the heart of Michelle Monaghan's character as she embarked on a trip to Scotland and was swept away by his charm. The film was a box-office success and further solidified McKidd's female fan base.

Earlier this year, McKidd was seen alongside Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan in Chris Columbus' film PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, based on the book by Rick Riordan. Released on February 12th, 2010, McKidd played 'Poseidon' in the tale of a young boy who discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Taking on a different facet of the entertainment industry, McKidd voiced the lead role of 'Captain Soap MacTavish' in one of the highest selling videogames of all time, Activision's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." Breaking the first- and five-day sales records since its release on November 10th, 2009 and moving more than $3 billion worth of units in its first month of release, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" lets gamers play as 'MacTavish' and take down a brutal Russian leader and restore peace.

In 2007, McKidd made his debut on American network television as the star of NBC's drama "Journeyman" where he portrayed 'Dan Vasser,' a San Francisco newspaper reporter and family man who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people's lives. While unfortunately the show was short-lived, it resonated with television critics across the country and helped to establish McKidd as a household name. Critic Henry Goldblatt from Entertainment Weekly claimed that "McKidd shines..." and "As for the rugged and charismatic McKidd, he is destined to be a big-time TV star...."

Prior to "Journeyman," McKidd starred as 'Lucius Vorenus' in HBO's Golden Globe and Emmy nominated historical drama series "Rome." McKidd was extraordinary in the way he embodied his character and seemed to channel 'Lucius' in every scene with Robert Lloyd at the Los Angeles Times describing McKidd's performance as "delicious."

McKidd's film credits include HANNIBAL RISING; Ridley Scott's KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, the musical by Irwin Winkler called DE-LOVELY with Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd; SIXTEEN YEARS OF ALCOHOL, for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Derk Elley's review of the film in Variety declared, "McKidd's hard-but-sensitive performance motors the movie, sliding seamlessly from physical menace through violent explosions to humorous charm in a career-making performance"; NICHOLAS NICKLEBY; HIDEOUS KINKY with Kate Winslet; and MAX with John Cusack. His television credits include "The Virgin Queen," "Gunpowder, Treason and Plot," "North Square," "The Key," "Anna Karenina," "Richard II" and "Looking After Jo Jo." McKidd's theatre credits include "Richard III," "Britannicus," for which he won an Ian Charleston Award and "Far Away." Born and raised in Scotland, McKidd was a member of the Moray Youth Theatre. He became involved in the Bedlam Theatre Company while he was a student at the University of Edinburgh, and it was at here that McKidd decided to pursue acting full-time, landing his first leading role in the Wild Cat Theatre Company produced stage play "The Silver Darlings," for which he won the Gulliver Award. McKidd currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Ron Perlman (Nicola)

An award-winning actor, Ron Perlman has moved seamlessly between the worlds of film, television, and theater for almost three decades. Having received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, he returned to his native New York to begin his professional career in theater, delving into the works of contemporaries like Pinter and Beckett as well as the classics of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Ibsen, and Checkov with two recent trips back to Broadway in A FEW GOOD MEN and BUS STOP.

His film career began in the early eighties with two films back to back for director Jean Jacques Annaud; QUEST FOR FIRE, for which he received a Canadian Academy Award nomination, and the role of Salvatore, the hunchback in Umberto Eco's THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Perlman resumed his unique collaboration with French directors starring in Jean Pierre Juenet and Marc Caro's award winning CITY OF LOST CHILDREN and costarring with Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder in Juenet's ALIEN RESURRECTION. Other film work includes roles in studio ventures such as THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, ROMEO IS BLEEDING, FLUKE, THE

Perlman's film career was interrupted for a three-year run on CBS' critically acclaimed BEAUTY AND THE BEAST for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor along with two Emmy Nominations and three Viewers For Quality Television Awards. Other television work includes HBO's THE SECOND CIVIL WAR, MR. STITCH, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ZOOM, the Rob Nilsson adaptation of the Rod Serling classic A TOWN HAS TURNED TO DUST for the Sci-Fi Channel, and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. Most recent credits include Stephen King's mini-series DESPERATION for ABC, Larry Fessenden's indie, THE LAST WINTER, IN THE NAME OF THE KING with Jason Statham, a MASTERS OF HORROR episode directed by Jon Carpenter for Showtime, the independent feature THE MUTANT CHRONICLES, opposite Thomas Jane and John Malkovich, I SELL THE DEAD, opposite Dominic Monaghan, OUTLANDER opposite Jim Caviezel and John Hurt, and BUNRAKU opposite Demi Moore, Josh Harnett and Woody Harrelson. Ron reprised his role in Guillermo del Toro's sequel to HELLBOY titled HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY and recently completed SEASON OF THE WITCH where he stars opposite Nicolas Cage and also stars in the remake of CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

Ron is currently shooting the third season of the critically acclaimed FX series entitled SONS OF ANARCHY where he plays Clay, the president of a motorcycle gang.

Demi Moore (Alexendra)

Demi Moore continues to be one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. She was most recently seen in Roadside Attractions' release of THE JONESES opposite David Duchovny as well as in Mitchell Lichtenstein's HAPPY TEARS alongside indie queen Parker Posey. The actress is currently in production on LOL: LAUGHING OUT LOUD opposite teen sensation Miley Cyrus. Moore's next project, BUNRAKU, written and directed by Guy Moshe, which will premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows a man (Josh Hartnett) on a revenge quest who finds himself in an even bigger fight than he bargained for and is set in an original universe a la "Sin City". Demi plays the enslaved concubine of a warlord who is forced to marry her captor. Woody Harrelson also stars.

Moore's additional film credits include FLAWLESS opposite Michael Caine; MR. BROOKS opposite Kevin Costner; Emilio Estevez's BOBBY; CHARLIE'S ANGELS 2: FULL THROTTLE opposite Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu; STRIPTEASE, opposite Burt Reynolds; PASSION OF MIND; THE JUROR, with Alec Baldwin; Roland Joffe's, THE SCARLETT LETTER, opposite Gary Oldman and Robert Duvall; DISLOSURE, with Michael Douglas; Craig Rosenberg's HALF LIGHT; INDECENT PROPOSAL, opposite Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson; Rob Reiner's A FEW GOOD MEN, with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson; THE BUTCHER'S WIFE, with Jeff Daniels; and NO THING BUT TROUBLE, with Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and John Candy. Her memorable performance in the instant classic GHOST, opposite Patrick Swayze, earned Ms. Moore a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Moore made her film debut in 1984 as Michael Caine's daughter in BLAME IT ON RIO. Other early film work includes roles in NO SMALL AFFAIR, opposite Jon Cryer; Joel Schumacher's ensemble film, ST. ELMO'S FIRE; ONE CRAZY SUMMER, with John Cusack; ABOUT LAST NIGHT..., opposite Rob Lowe; WISDOM, written, directed and co-starring Emilio Estevez; THE SEVENTH SIGN, opposite Michael Biehn; and WE'RE NO ANGELS, opposite Sean Penn and Robert De Niro.

In addition to achieving great success as an actress, Moore has had a very successful career as a film producer with her production company, Moving Pictures. Her credits as actor/producer include GI JANE, in which she starred opposite Viggo Mortensen; the Emmy-nominated film for HBO, IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, with Sissy Spacek and Cher; NOW AND THEN, with Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson; and MORTAL THOUGHTS with Bruce Willis.

She was also a part of the team behind the successful AUSTIN POWERS franchise, having produced all three films with Jennifer and Suzanne Todd. In 2008, Moore made her directorial debut, directing the short film, STREAK, as part of the award winning short film series, Glamour Reel Moments.

As an international icon of effortless style and beauty, Demi continues to be the face of Helena Rubenstein, a luxury cosmetics brand based in France. She has been the muse for both the skincare and makeup line since 2007 and recently launched her new fragrance WANTED for Rubenstein in February 2010.

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her three daughters Rumer, Scout, and Talullah and husband, Ashton Kutcher.

 

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