Bright Future


Bright Future

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,386
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Movie Info

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.


Critic Reviews for Bright Future

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Audience Reviews for Bright Future

  • Mar 03, 2011
    It dident come across well for me, although underneath it all was a interesting premise involving love and taking care of a jellyfish in modern tokyo, but it always went away from that and into other directions, even though coming back to it in some way. the film at times played on boredome
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2010
    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. <br/> <br/><img src="" />
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2008
    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 O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2008
    Right now it's a go.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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