What I love about this time of year are all the movies getting ready to unspool for the first time. Over the next few weeks, the Toronto Film Festival, Telluride, the Venice Film Festival, and even Fantastic Fest will premiere tons of movies – with many of them under the radar (for now). That’s because every year plays out the same way…as a few movies will come out of nowhere to win some of the biggest Awards at each of the Festivals and then they’ll get released around the world. That’s why everyone gets so excited for this time of year, because over the next few weeks, the world’s leading film critics will get to see almost all the big releases for the rest of the year and everyone wants to be the first one predicting what will win an Oscar and what film was a huge disappointment.
So why this long winded intro? Because one of the many films off my radar was writer/director Guy Moshe’s Bunraku
. While I knew the film from the times I’d seen the title listed on Josh Hartnett
, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Kevin McKidd and Ron Perlman’s IMDb profiles, I didn’t know anything about it. However, we just got the first images from the film and the synopsis and now I’m very curious.
According to the synopsis via TIFF:
In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett
), a young samurai and a bartender plot revenge against a ruthless leader and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new.
After reading the synopsis and looking at the very stylized images, I think this is going to be one of those films that’s either going to be awesome….or a complete mess. However, I’m really hoping this is one of those films that surprises everyone with how cool it is. Anyway, here are the first images from the movie in high resolution.
View more movie stills HERE