A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and a Japanese samurai (Gacky) arrive in a town terrorized by virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his own mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join to bring down the corrupt reign of Nicola the Woodcutter (Ron Perlman) and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past. Featuring dazzling action sequences showcasing a wide array of martial arts fighting styles, Bunraku blends samurai films, spaghetti westerns, film noir and graphic novels to create a "visual masterpiece. . . unlike anything ever put to celluloid" (James Battaglia, The Film Stage).