Gackt has enjoyed a long and successful career in the Japanese music scene, and even has considerable popularity abroad. In addition to his music career, Gackt has also acted in a few films and TV Series.
Two movies you definitely shouldn’t miss as a Gackt fan are Moon Child and Bunraku. Here is a quick overview.
Moon Child is a 2003 Japanese action and drama film starring Gackt, Hyde, and Leehom Wang. Aside from co-starring in it, Gackt also co-wrote the script, and wrote and sang the film’s theme song “Orenji no Taiyo” (Eng. The Orange Sun) in collaboration with co-star Hyde. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and, in 2004, also at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
Moon Child tells the story of the brothers Sho and Shinji, and their friend Toshi, who live in a large refugee community located in the “Asian Special Economic Zone” that was established after Japan suffered a major economic collapse sometime in the near future. The community is located in mainland China, in the fictional Chinese city Mallepa. After being forced to emigrate, the three orphaned boys now survive on the streets through pickpocketing. During a theft gone wrong, Sho meets the wounded vampire Kei, who completely changes their lives.
In Bunraku, Gackt made his international film debut playing the ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi. Besides Gackt, the 2010 martial-arts action film also features Hollywood stars Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson. The title “Bunraku” is derived from a 400-year-old form of Japanese puppet theater.
Bunraku is set in the aftermath of a global war, where guns have been outlawed, but people continue to fight using blades and fists. After each being obsessed with their own mission, a mysterious drifter eventually joins forces with the Japanese warrior Yoshi to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola the Woodcutter and his love, Alexandra, a femme fatale with a secret past.
While both movies are an absolute must-see for every Gackt fan, in Moon Child you get to see much more of Gackt than in Bunraku. On the other hand, Bunraku is visually more attractive and, because it’s in English, better for people who don’t appreciate subtitles.
Regardless, my recommendation is: watch them both!