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Bright Future (2003)

Akarui mirai (original title)
Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants). Their weird bond is based on uncontrollable rage--something neither ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Joe Odagiri ...
Yûji Nimura
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Mamoru Arita
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Shin'ichirô Arita
Takashi Sasano ...
Mr. Fujiwara
Marumi Shiraishi ...
Mrs. Fujiwara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hanawa ...
Ken Takagi
Hideyuki Kasahara ...
Shin
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Fuyuki Arita
Miyako Kawahara
Chiaki Kominami ...
Kaori Fujiwara
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Jun
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Mori
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Miho Nimura
Ryô ...
Lawyer
Sakichi Satô ...
Manager of Recycle Shop
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Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants). Their weird bond is based on uncontrollable rage--something neither can articulate or control--and the strange jellyfish that they keep as a pet. Written by Anonymous

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3 December 2003 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,755 (USA) (12 November 2004)

Gross:

$4,762 (USA) (19 November 2004)
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The large group of jellyfish in the Tokyo River was filmed in an aquarium and digitally added to the film. See more »

Quotes

Shin'ichirô Arita: [embracing Yuji] I forgive you. I forgive all of you for everything.
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Mirai
Written by The Back Horn
Performed by The Back Horn
Courtesy of Victor Entertainment, Speedstar Records
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Delicate.
5 September 2005 | by (Elsewhere) – See all my reviews

The high vote I gave this movie is partly relative--there just isn't much on the shelves these days that isn't tiresome (so I tend to gravitate towards anything that isn't a sequel or remake). So if this film is guilty of anything, it's guilty of being delicate and intelligent. The characters are so subtle they almost escape one's grasp but this isn't a loss and shouldn't deter anyone from watching it. I enjoy thinking back on it now and pondering Yuji, the main character, and his relation to the jellyfish.

It is also worthy to note that the visuals aren't overly stylized--they were incredibly detailed and balanced. I liked that I felt increasingly familiar with their world the further the movie went. That must have been very hard to pull off since most movies that re-use scenery like that turn out repetitious. The backgrounds here seem lived in, and judging from the part of the behind-the-scenes that I watched it was filmed in realistic locations.

Asano is interesting in this one, not that he usually isn't, but his character seemed far more complex than I expected with each new line of dialog. This movie and the careful construction was so nicely stacked like a house of cards I was almost afraid to breathe in case I would miss something.


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