[Edit: Since 2009, all caps GACKT. Sorry Dears for my initial oversight! The web coverage is misleading, as I encountered instances of both]
When I told my wife (who happens to be Japanese) that he was going to be coming to TIFF for Bunraku, she exclaimed “GACK-TO?!” As it goes, her mom is also a huge fan, in fact, he’s got quite the fan base.
GACKT is a huge superstar in Japan, and is a growing sensation overseas.
Here's a crash course.
He is an artist in every sense of the word; writer, multi instrumental musician, vocalist, artist, record producer. He’s an extremely accomplished musician with eight studio albums, six compilation albums and many popular singles.
His songs have appeared in films and video games; to the extent of providing narration and having the main character modeled after him with Bujingai.
His fans are collectively dubbed “Dears”... and now they have their own credit card.
Has a beautiful waterfall in his house, and once a crew member fell in.
He is extremely passionate about preserving the Japanese language, especially the traditional feminine components (In Japanese there are both male and female ways of saying things) ; beyond this he is a self professed “language and voice fetishist”.
He is a huge fan of Gundam, and did a theme song for the anime.
He teams up with Josh Hartnett on a violent quest for revenge as a samurai with his first North American role in Bunraku.
GACKT "Ghost" Music Video (this song was used for the Japanese version of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
GACKT "The Next Decade" Music video:
Come and witness the legend that is GACKT as he graces the red carpet for Bunraku.
Bunraku Screening times:
Saturday, Sept. 11. 11:59pm Ryerson
Tuesday, Sept 14. 10:15pm Scotiabank Theatre 2
Friday, Sept 17. 5:00pm Scotiabank Theatre 2