Bunraku is a Japanese performance art using puppets with really life-like, nuanced movements. Here’s a sample. The puppeteers are out in the open; you just ignore them and watch the puppet.

This next set of videos are from a great documentary on Bunraku. I wish I knew what the documentary was called so I could cite it. [UPDATE: The YouTube poster, heikoushi, says it is a TV show called Weekend Japanology.] Anyway, you don’t need any more details on this stuff from me; the video goes into great depth:

And here is another portion of this documentary, going into the mechanics of how the puppets work. It is really neat to see how all the facial expressions and movements are made:

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