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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.
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NR
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

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 (20) | Top Critics (8)

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

January 28, 2005
Seattle Times
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The movie has a curious and cumulative power.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Boston Globe
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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
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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
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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
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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
Variety
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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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Right now it's a go.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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