Josh Hartnett to Star in Sin City-like Bunraku

Wait, Josh Hartnett was in “Sin City”? Oh right, he played the unnamed “The Man”, and showed up at the beginning and later at the end of the film. Not that big of a screentime, but he was in it. So when Hartnett mentions that his latest movie, “Bunraku” will be “in the vein of ‘Sin City'”, he should know what he’s talking about.


“I’m going to Romania to shoot this film called ‘Bunraku,’ ” Hartnett revealed to MTV News, invoking a title based on a 400-year-old form of Japanese puppet theater. “All the cast isn’t set yet, but it’s going to be a lot of really interesting actors, in this weird kind of papier-mâché world.”

“It’s a story of revenge,” the “30 days of Night” star explained. “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.”

The flick will mix CGI and practical sets to create the world of “Bunraku,” a style of Japanese storytelling that uses 4-foot-tall puppets with highly detailed heads, each operated by several puppeteers who blend into the background wearing black robes and hoods.

Apparently “Bunraku” is indescribable, which is not good. You gotta sell a movie to the audience, and a movie that is “indescribable” is not gonna cut it. I would also change the title of the movie. Seriously, “Bunraku”?

In any case, I’m still anxious to see Hartnett’s “I Come with the Rain”.