Bunraku is a bizarre 2010 film, described as a "computer-animated live action fantasy" that revolves around a No Name Given stock character who goes around fighting crime and taking names. Directed by Guy Moshe, the title of the film is based on a 400-year-old form of Japanese puppet theater.The plot is as follows: In a post-apocalyptic future, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and the ardent young samurai Yoshi (Gackt) both arrive in a town terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission and, guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil "woodcutter", and his mistress Alexandra (Demi Moore), a Femme Fatale with a secret past. Heroes triumph here only because the force of their will transforms and transcends both space and time.
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
Affably Evil: Nicola is actually a pretty nice guy when he wants to be, quite happy to chat and play poker with his potential victims.
Character Tics: The Drifter touching the brim of his fedora to the cue of the sound of a revolver's chamber spinning.
Chekhov's Gunman: Before the showdown that begins the film, the Narrator points out several scouts from the Proletarian League of Defense watching from the rooftops. They are promptly forgotten until late in the film when the Bartender brings Yoshi and the Drifter to the League to recruit them for the climactic attack on Nicola's training camp.
Nicola: "There's a part of me that's hoping they pass through the camp and kill you all, and that there's no one left for them to fight but me. And if I die, it'll be how I always imagined. In battle, while I'm still craving life."
Defeat Means Friendship: The Bartender wants Yoshi and the Drifter to team up and take down Nicola and the Killers. So he lets them beat the crap out of each other. Outside.
Determinator: The Drifter and Yoshi. It takes a lot of damage to put these two down, and even then they'll get back up and keep going.
Dual Wielding: Killer #4 wields a pair of Chinese broadswords which Yoshi later takes. Uncle wields a pair of kitchen knives when Killer #2 and his mooks come to question him and Momoko about Yoshi. Some random fighters in the final fight between the Defense League and the Red Shirts dual wield various combinations of blades.
Due to the Dead: Yoshi makes a point of closing one of his opponent's eyes after he kills them.
Good Old Fisticuffs: The Drifter's preferred weapon. It's notable since everyone else uses acrobatic fighting styles but he proves to be one of the best fighters in the city while using standard punches. Even near the end when everyone is arming themselves with swords and such, he just takes a pair of brass knuckles.
Humans Kill Wantonly: The opening credits state this quite clearly, on the grounds that humans have "a perverse fascination with violence", coming up with "more ways of killing a man than making bread, or making love".
In the Back: The only way Nicola says he can be killed.
Invulnerable Knuckles: The Drifter can kill a man with one punch, and it doesn't seem to affect his hands aside from one or two instances of him giving them a quick shake. This may be subtly lampshaded, as when he punches someone there is usually a metallic sound effect, as if his fists are made of iron.
MacGuffin: The dragon amulet Nicola stole from Yoshi's clan.
Man Bites Man: When one of the Killers has the Drifter in a grapple, he opts to simply bite him in order to force him to let go.
Medium Blending: The opening scene uses puppets controlled by people in black, like bunraku theatre. Scene changes have buildings and landscapes open like a pop-up book, and Alexandra's flashback is styled like a Roy Lichtenstein-esque Comic Book. Heck, even the sky is made of origami paper.
Meta Guy: The Bartender summarizes archetypes to a Tvtropes-level extent.
Neck Snap: Killer #7 attempts this on the Drifter. The Drifter later does it to a couple of Killers.
Nice Hat: The Drifter has a snazzy fedora. He's constantly running his finger along the brim and gratuitously resetting it on his head. Nicola has a big black hat for public appearances, and many of the Killers, including Killer #2 and his gang, also have hats and wear them with style.
No Name Given: The Drifter, The Bartender, Uncle, and Killer #2 (though technically this goes for all the Killers, and even many of the lower level henchmen...the Chief of Police is introduced not once, but twice as just "The Chief of Police").
The Obi-Wan: The Bartender to some extent, though rather than being old he's got a limp instead. He takes the heroes under his wing, sets them up and plays Mr. Exposition.
The Piano Player: There in one at the Bartender's place, who originally is playing a soulful piece of music until the Bartender throws a piece of fruit at his head. After that, true to the Western form, he plays a jaunty ragtime, then runs out when it looks like the Drifter is going to start a brawl. Later on, he is replaced by a stereo and a sign: "Piano Player Wanted".
Plucky Girl: When her father is killed, Momoko attacks Killer #2 with her bare hands and even throws an (ineffective) roundhouse kick.
Quirky Miniboss Squad: The nine Killers, all of whom have their own gangs who share the same fighting (and fashion) styles. Killer #2 is the most prolific along with his Red Suits.
Smoking Is Cool: The Drifter is constantly sniffing cigars and cigarettes, but never smokes a real cigarette until the end of the film. The one that the bartender gives him is fake. It seems that he's denying himself the pleasure of smoking until after his vengeance is complete.
Super Senses: Killer #2 is implied to have super-human hearing. Alexandra uses it against him.
Take Me Instead: Revealed to have been the reason why Alexandra became Nicola's woman in the first place. It was to save her lover's life. By the ending it's all but confirmed that the Bartender was said lover.
Vice City: Nicola's town is described at the very outset as "God-forsaken". Crime and corruption are rife of course, with the main characters being mob bosses, drifters, mercenaries, ronin, prostitutes and assassins.
When All You Have Is a Hammer: It's established very early on that the Drifter is good at punching people in the face. So getting enlisted to do battle against a cunning and vicious crime lord with a whole army at his command means he's going to be punching lots and lots of people in the face. It pretty much works.
Worthy Opponent: Yoshi and the Drifter play this to each other, treading the boundary between friends and rivals. It's implied that The Drifter's father was one for Nicola, and Nicola laments that The Drifter isn't as worthy as he had hoped when they finally fight.
Wrestler in All of Us: The Drifter uses a few clotheslines and spears Yoshi. He also delivers a couple of spinebusters to Yoshi, while Yoshi at one point retaliates with a sidewalk slam.