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Bright Future (2004)



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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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On DVD: Mar 8, 2005
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Tatsuya Fuji
as Shin-ichiro
Takashi Sasano
as Mr. Fujiwara
Marumi Shiraishi
as Mrs. Fjujiwara
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Critic Reviews for Bright Future

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

Gradually establishes a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake, though it's not without its darkly humorous moments.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie has a curious and cumulative power.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2004
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bright Future


[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.

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

Right now it's a go.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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