With its US Video on Demand release just around the corner on 1st September, we’ve now got another awesome clip promoting the film via Yahoo Movies, entitled Take It Outside, that sees Josh Hartnett and Gackt throw down.
“In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai (Gackt) and a bartender (Woody Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Ron Perlman) 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.”
It was clear right from the first trailer that this film was going to be different from the majority of action/fantasy films of recent years, and the clips have only been cementing that notion. In an interview with MTV a few years back, Hartnett himself likened the film’s visuals to the recent neo-noir success that he also starred in, Sin City:
“It’s a story of revenge… My character is called ‘The Drifter,’ and he comes into this world that doesn’t look like anything like you’ve ever seen before. It’s in the vein of ‘Sin City’ or something like that, where the world doesn’t look like reality at all.”
This new clip begins with Woody Harrelson, The Bartender, playing the role of mediator, as bartenders do, between the two men, telling them to take it outside. Then in seemingly one take, the camera moves in towards Harrelson and turns around, and we’re suddenly outside. But we’re not quite outside, just a sort of semi-outside that will make up the feel of Bunraku, shot predominantly with green screens. It’s a hard thing to describe, so I recommend watching the clip to fully understand and appreciate the look of the film.
Once outside, the fight between them begins, sizing each other up. And the music that accompanies them is just so good. It’s a mix of brilliant brass, pounding drums and bass, and an exceptional guitar that is just fantastic, and sets the tone for their fight perfectly. Watch out for Harrelson taking a seat at the 1:00-mark, too; it’s just a small motion, but it looks brilliant all the same.
Whilst I wish the UK would be getting a theatrical release for Bunraku, it’s looking pretty unlikely. After coming out on VoD in America on 1st September, it will then get a theatrical run there at the end of the month. And though we probably won’t be getting the same, we thankfully won’t have to wait long to see it, with its DVD/Blu-Ray release scheduled for 3rd October. Without further ado, here’s the immensely awesome new clip to get your anticipation rising for October. This is going to be awesome.