We got a scorcher of a first trailer for the upcoming Bunraku last month that showed Josh Hartnett absolutely on top of his game in this little-known, but highly anticipated, film.

We then got a poster that looks simply awesome at the start of the month, and now we have a great new clip, entitled ‘You Want A Shot At The Title’, focusing on Ron Perlman and Kevin McKidd’s characters, courtesy of Ain’t It Cool News.

Starring alongside Hartnett, Perlman, and McKidd in Bunraku will be Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, and Japanese musician/actor, Gackt, directed by Guy Moshe from his own script. It was shot back in 2008, so you can understand why it’s so highly anticipated for me; it’s been a long time coming.

“In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai 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.”

You can really get that sense of visually mixed styles from the trailer and it comes across in this new clip too. I love the way the background has been built behind Perlman when we get that first reveal as McKidd pulls back the door. The scene really reminds me of the final fight scene of the first volume of Kill Bill, in the garden at night with the snow falling. There’s no fighting between McKidd and Perlman in this clip, but you can cut the tension between them with a knife – or Perlman’s wood-chopping axe – and if you’ve seen the trailer, then you’ll know that McKidd’s character has got some serious skills in this film, just as Perlman’s characters tend to have in all of his films.

Bunraku has a bit of an unusual release schedule, coming out on Video on Demand in the States on 1st September, followed by a theatrical release at the end of September. Sadly, here in the UK, it’s not looking likely that we’ll be seeing this in the cinema at all. But, having said that, the likes of HMV and Amazon are currently listing a 3rd October release date for the DVD/Blu-Ray here, so we’ve not got long at all to wait for its release, even if we won’t get to see it on the big screen. Without further ado, here’s the great new clip from the film. Enjoy.

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