Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A traditional Japanese puppet theater featuring large puppets operated by onstage puppeteers with a narrative recited from offstage. The puppets have heads, hands, and feet of wood attached to a bodiless cloth costume.

Etymologies

Japanese : after the Bunraku-za theater built in the early 19th century by Bunraku-ken Oemurea (died 1810).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Of course Bunraku is technically musical theater so there are both musicians playing the shamisen, a stringed guitar-like instrument which is repeatedly tuned and retuned during the performance, and "chanters" who provide narration and dialog for the puppets in a quasi-sung, quasi-spoken fashion.

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  • The good news is that Josh Hartnett has a brand-new movie called "Bunraku" that sounds like it could be "Sin City" all over again.

    Josh Hartnett Won’t Be Getting Jazzed For ‘Cool’ Chet Baker Flick » MTV Movies Blog

  • The 48-year-old actor will next been seen in action drama 'Bunraku' alongside Demi Moore and Josh Hartnett.

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  • Other titles in play include Dan Moshe's Josh Hartnett topliner "Bunraku," which premiered

    Variety.com

  • "Bunraku" quickly turns into one long fight, but the platoon of stunt personnel and wild fight choreography don't count for much, since the hectic lensing, editing and overall pace tend to blur everything together.

    Variety.com

  • Design collaborators similarly throw the book at "Bunraku"; aesthetic elements include everything from silent German Expressionist cinema to samurai movies to "Mad Max"; from comicbook onscreen dialogue (for Japanese speech) to sound effects out of videogames and TV's camp "Batman."

    Variety.com

  • In the upcoming action film "Bunraku," McKidd gets to play bad.

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  • Kevin currently stars as Dr. Owen Hunt on Grey's, and has several other projects in production, including "One Night in Emergency," "Bunraku," "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," and "Catwalk."

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  • Jim Henson puppeteers testing one of their new life-sized “Bunraku” puppets.

    Beat 360° 10/2/09

  • Bunraku puppet performance has a 300-hundred-year history and is registered as a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage.

    Asia in Pictures

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