Midway through watching Bunraku
, I found myself wishing I had been at the pitch meeting where writer and director Guy Moshe convinced producers to put up the money to make the film. Just what did he do? Did he use elaborate storyboards? Did he tell the story using finger puppets or action figures? Did he leap around the room playing all the parts? Were there costumes involved? Did he make a diorama? Bunraku
is a movie that’s all about visual style, and narrative and character barely fit into the picture; clearly, he must have convinced someone that this movie would look pretty remarkable before the fact, because if he’d sold it strictly on the basis of ...