Gackt to star alongside Josh Hartnett (and Demi Moore) in Hollywood film, Bunraku
*Demi Moore is in brackets because her participation is not yet confirmed.*
Oh my goodness Gackt looks so small standing beside Josh Hartnett! But he looked so big to me on Hey!Hey!Hey! Big as in tall, slim, lithe, but still, towering over the Downtown duo (though come to think of it that shouldn’t be too tough). And the colours from this photo are so lovely <3, fits my idea of fantasy-jappy-new-sci-fi-world-etcetc. (At first glance, Josh Hartnett looked a bit like Leo DiCap to me, but whatever.) Everyone’s breaking into Hollywood these days! (Thought I should mention also that I found it strange none of the jap news websites I went to reported on this, and only Tokyograph did. HMM. As well as other online forums.)
Anyway the following is a synthesis of the two articles I’ve quoted above. Musician Gackt will act in his first Hollywood film. The movie, titled “Bunraku,” is an action film written and directed by Guy Moshe, starring Josh Hartnett and Demi Moore.
The film is named after a type of traditional Japanese puppet theater, but the universe it is set in also draws inspiration from origami, video games, and other sources. Hartnett plays a drifter on a quest for revenge. Gackt will play his companion, a samurai named Yoshi.
This is Gackt’s first movie role since he starred with hyde in the 2003 film “Moon Child.”
Filming began in Romania during the middle of this month. The movie is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters in 2009, but no release information for Japan has been announced yet.
From Josh Hartnett’s MTV interview:
“Some of the scenes are gonna be more Michel Gondry-like I guess,” he said, citing some degree of influence by the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” visionary. “But a lot of them will be green screen as well.”
“[The script] has a lot of fight sequences in it, but it’s more about these crazy characters,” Hartnett explained. “Like my character, he’s a gypsy and he’s coming into town and he’s got something to prove — and no one really knows what he’s about.”
During his attempts to describe the defiantly indescribable look of “Bunraku,” Hartnett kept hearkening back to that groundbreaking Frank Miller film he lent himself to several years ago. “It’s not fantasy. Well, I mean, it’s fantasy in that it’s not reality, but it’s not ‘Narnia,’ ” he said. “It’s a film that, I don’t know how to stick it into a genre, but I would say it’s more a film like ‘Sin City’ than anything else.”
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