Bright Future (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Bright Future
Alienated youth is one of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's favorite themes. Bright Future is an alternately comic and macabre portrait of a deranged friendship.
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.
Audience Reviews for Bright Future
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.
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.
Right now it's a go.
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