Although I really never figured out what Perlman, Harrelson and Moore were doing in this movie, I still had a lot of fun watching the fight scenes and enjoyed the inventive, playful and highly theatrical sets. lighting and animation. Both Harnett and Gackt are well-cast and it was a hoot watching Hartnett do some of his own stunts, particularly during a set piece, with a nod to Wes Anderson, in which Hartnett's hero invades a police station to rescue Gackt. Another great, droll Midnight Movie.
For the first half, 'Bunraku' is visually interesting with some lovely sets, has some decent well directed action scenes and a very nice cast (although none of them do a particularly good job, especially Harrelson who spends his screen time pulling faces and shrugging his shoulders). Then I started noticing the incoherent mess of a story, the nigh on unbearable sound effects, the CGI. Then my brain started melting so I played Jetpack Joyride. WH looks like Jason Statham's dad.
Very experimental, and can be a bit confusing. However, I loved the style and aesthetic, and the comedy worked for me. Good performances and an interesting pop-up book approach make for a fun action flick.
One of the finest intro for long time! Incredible funny, stylish and beautiful animation indeed. Unfortunately the rest of the movie did not follow that pattern. There was a lot of fine details during the way, but the story, nor the action, did not give anything you haven't seen before. The style was different, I liked it, but still the director did not get the best out of it. Not even close. And the plot was too complicated.
This is style over substance. It's very stylish, using origami, great colours and everything. The action is stylish. It puts together a few different genres in an extremely fun way. There are so many awesome scenes but this really is about the style and visuals. The plot is interesting and dystopian, the fights are cool, the characters are interesting (and good homages to the genres included in here) and the music is sweet. Even the end credits are cool because of the Patton song.
"Paper funny" with good punch lines, punches of all kinds and sword fights. Mix of cowboys, samurai and origami. But there is few serious problems like half of killers we see, is there for only one fight. Some major roles are quite pushed aside due to (too) many fights.