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These photos (and video) were taken during the TIFF in the first week of September.


Bunraku was my first film at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF for short). It was also my first Midnight Madness (MM) film and I gotta say… I loved it! Well, except for the fact that it was a weeknight and I got home at around 4:30 am! But nonetheless, the crowd is very different from your regular TIFF screening. It’s definitely a more casual crowd, very fun and spontaneous. Everyone just seemed like they wanted to have a good time!

Because of time constraints, I didn’t do too much research on this movie before I went. Actually, I didn’t do any research. Haha, my good friend Jenna Stothers came with me and we both just wanted to try MM and so we just winged it. How unfortunate that it was raining that night and we had to wait outside in the rain, freezing cold! But we got pretty warmed up once we saw Josh Hartnett walk into the theatre on the red carpet. (Insert dreamy sigh here).

The movie itself was an amazing work of art. So visually stunning! (and it didn’t need to be in MIND BLOWING 3D!) The storyline was not the greatest (it’s very simple), but was easily overshadowed by the visual aspects of the film and the performance of the actors. They were incredible. Kevin McKidd actually impressed me the most (surprisingly), he really got into his character and it was just… perfect. Now, this movie isn’t going to win a plethora of awards and I doubt it would skyrocket any of the actors’ careers regardless of their performance. But, it is an enjoyable movie, especially for a movie-watcher that prefers this type of genre. Overall, I’d give Bunraku a solid 4 out of 5.

Below is a video on some of the Q & A after the movie – please be warned that the video may contain SPOILERS.

In a hyperreal, hyper-saturated, hyper-driven dystopia, guns are banned upon pain of death and the sword is now king. Completely unique while drawing upon a myriad of classical influences, Bunraku emerges as a visually stunning and adrenaline pumping blend of flavours old and new, east and west. (Longer description here)

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