Bright Future

Bright Future

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Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Cast: Jô Odagiri, Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji

     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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. ~ Tom Vick

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
New York Times
Casts its spell by drawing out the horror of everyday existence bit by bit, and then tossing in some otherworldly weirdness that makes the hair on the back of your neck try to run for cover. Manohla Dargis

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
UPC:
0660200310820
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
62,150

Special Features

"Ambivalent Future" - A behind the scenes look at the making of the film; Theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jô Odagiri Yuji
Tadanobu Asano Mamoru
Tatsuya Fuji Shin-Ichiro
Takashi Sasano Mr. Fujiwara
Marumi Shiraishi Mrs. Fujiwara
Ryo Kase Actor

Technical Credits
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Takashi Asai Executive Producer
Itaru Fujimoto Associate Producer
Yasuaki Harada Production Designer
Black Horn Score Composer
Sadayuki Iwase Co-producer
Michiko Kitamura Costumes/Costume Designer
Hiromichi Kori Sound/Sound Designer
Harumi Noshita Co-producer
Masafumi Odawara Executive Producer
Pacific 231 Score Composer
Nobuhiko Sakoh Executive Producer
Takahide Shibanushi Cinematographer
Kenji Takahara Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Could Be a Storm's Coming [7:00]
2. Don't Go Crazy [3:51]
3. Sushi With the Boss [5:56]
4. Nimura Gets the Jellyfish [3:25]
5. Murder [4:49]
6. A Lawyer's Advice [6:18]
7. Talking About the Future [7:19]
8. Dictating the Regime [5:25]
9. "Go Ahead" [5:17]
10. Mamoru's Mystery [3:25]
11. A New Job [6:45]
12. Mamoru [4:52]
13. Facing Reality [5:31]
14. An Office Job [5:05]
15. Break In [6:47]
16. Jellyfish Everywhere [2:15]
17. Escaping Tokyo [3:27]
18. Credits [4:35]

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Bright Future 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film had my attention the whole way through. Great original story and the cinematography was beautiful. Plus the whole movie had a creepy kind of feel since the director usually works in the horror arena. Definitely a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bright Future is Kiyoshi Kurosawa's departure from the horror genre that brought him fame. You can still sense the horror undertone that Kurosawa is so skilled at, but the film is a murder drama. It follows young men as they struggle with life and themselves. The characters are some how complex but simple at the same time. You start to think about why they do what they do- such as murder and obsess over poisonous jellyfish. Bright Future is very entertaining and is a pleasant departure from J-horror without straying too far.