Bright Future

2004

Bright Future

Critics Consensus

Flawed yet alluring, Bright Future slowly draws the viewer into an enigmatic world of surreal imagery and entrancing ambiguity.

71%

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Reviews Counted: 21

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Average Rating: 3.6/5

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Acclaimed Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa departs from the horror genre for this mystical story of urban ennui. Friends Mamoru (Tadanobu Asano) and Yuji (Joe Odagiri) are aimless young men stuck in dead-end jobs in a dreary factory in Tokyo. Mamoru, the more antisocial of the two, is obsessed with his pet project of acclimating a poisonous jellyfish to fresh water by gradually changing the water in its tank. One night, he inexplicably murders his boss' family and is sentenced to death. Yuji, left to continue the jellyfish experiment, befriends Mamoru's estranged father, and the two form a bond that helps him overcome his emotional troubles. But his attachment to the jellyfish is even stronger, and problems arise when he accidentally releases the poisonous creature into the canals of Tokyo.

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Audience Reviews for Bright Future

½

Japanese fillm about two solitary friends and, initially at least, a jellyfish. Even after watching the whole thing quite carefully, I'm not really sure what the film's trying to say. There's a plot, and action, character development, it's intriguing, and very lovely in places and .... hmm, still no.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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I'm not a big fan of movies that have been edited down for time but this is a rare case where the edit works since it speeds things up, though some scenes could have been longer but I'm not complaining. I'd still like to see the original 2 hour film to see what was left out. It's a surreal film, you're not really sure of what you're watching for most of the film but what goes on is very interesting and it keeps you hooked so you never feel bored watching it (outside of some scenes at the beginning that felt long). And plus Tadanobu Asano is THE MAN, so that makes it a must watch for me.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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Right now it's a go.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]In "Bright Future", Mamoru(Tadanobu Asano) and Yuji(Jo Odagiri) are two friends who work in a factory in Tokyo to maintain their slacker lifestyles. Yuji prefers to spend his spare time asleep when he dreams of utopias. When he is not asleep, he goes bowling or to the arcade. Mamoru keeps a red jellyfish as a pet which is poisonous. After being offered permanent positions with the company, they become friendly with their boss.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Bright Future" starts out creepy before its eccentricities just make it annoying. There is little idea as to what motivates the characters. The film might be a statement about the aimlessness of youth but that does not explain the significance of the jellyfish.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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