Bright Future (2004)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
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A drama centering upon the friendship between Yuji and Mamoru, two angry young men working in a plant that processes oshibori--the wet hand towels found in restaurants and fast food joints. Both are anti-social loners with short fuses. Yuji worships the older, enigmatic Mamoru, who lives with a red jellyfish that is hauntingly luminous and fatally poisonous. Mamoru shows him how to care for the creature, which swims alone in its tank, waving its tentacles with deceptive gentleness. When Mamoru
Nov 12, 2004 Limited
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Gradually establishes a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake, though it's not without its darkly humorous moments.
The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year.
Pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears.
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a prolific and sui generis talent from Japan, this quietly creepy film contains a hint of politics and a wealth of shivers.
The writer-director's story sense is far too distracted, clouding the film's themes and even its basic plotline and allowing only the most glancing insights into its characters.
Kurosawa's weird look at the empty lives of modern youth is mysteriously eye-catching but nothing deeper.
no less enigmatic, broad-reaching and majestically paced than a jellyfish.
Kurosawa's mysterious film about Japan's disaffected and alienated youth.
No stranger to the bizarro social metaphor, [Kurosawa] somehow paints the film's title as honestly optimistic, winkingly ironic, and completely doom-laden at the same time.
It's a haunting, spooky journey into a world that embraces trippy ambiguity.
More high -- but strangely touching -- weirdness from acclaimed Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
...an enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis Bu˝uel.
That the film succeeds on the level of a thriller as well as of a philosophical reflection is a proof of Kurosawa as perhaps the best Japanese filmmaker of his generation.
Though admirers of the director's eerie, elegant horror tales Pulse and Cure will find Bright Future rather more lugubrious, Kurosawa's latest turns out to have a surprising emotional pull and a truly transcendent final shot.
Kurosawa strains to find a parallel between jellyfish and his characters' disaffections.
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