6.9/10
2,194
22 user 52 critic

Bright Future (2002)

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 »

Director:

5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Karisuma (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ren Ôsugi
Dopperugengâ (2003)
Comedy | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hayasaki is an inventor working on an Artificial Body. It is not going well and he is stressed out and on the verge of being fired from the research division of his company. His ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man discovers a darker side of himself after exacting revenge on his daughter's killer.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Shô Aikawa, Duncan, Ren Ôsugi
Sakebi (2006)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Sebunsu kôdo (2013)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Akiko travels to Vladivostok Russia to meet Matsunaga who she first met in Tokyo and is unable to forget. Even though Akiko meets Matsunaga again, Matsunaga does not remember her. Matsunaga... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Ryôhei Suzuki, Aissy
Kôrei (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi
Hebi no michi (1998)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man enlists a friend to help him identify and exact revenge upon his daughter's murderer.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Shô Aikawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Shirô Shimomoto
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Yoshi, aged 24, awakes after 10 years in a coma, goes on to start a new life and rebuild his family.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Shun Sugata, Lily
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In future Japan, a dangerous pollen falls upon Tokyo, endangering its populace. Two people volunteer to become tests subject for a drug that could possibly provide a cure.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Shinji Aoyama, Shirô Atami, Shingo Ichizawa
Cure (1997)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Rofuto (2005)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Reiko, a prize-winning writer, moves to a quiet isolated house to finish up her new novel. One night she sees the man next door transporting an object wrapped in cloth. She finds out he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Miki Nakatani, Etsushi Toyokawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Odagiri ...
Yûji Nimura
...
Mamoru Arita
...
Shin'ichirô Arita
Takashi Sasano ...
Mr. Fujiwara
Marumi Shiraishi ...
Mrs. Fujiwara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hanawa ...
Ken Takagi
Hideyuki Kasahara ...
Shin
...
Fuyuki Arita (as Ryô Kase)
Miyako Kawahara
Chiaki Kominami ...
Kaori Fujiwara
...
Jun
Yutaka Mishima ...
A man who buy a box lunch
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Mori
...
Miho Nimura
Ryô ...
Lawyer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bright Future  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,762 (USA) (19 November 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The large group of jellyfish in the Tokyo River was filmed in an aquarium and digitally added to the film. See more »

Quotes

Yûji Nimura: What have I been doing? I got my go ahead a long time ago.
See more »

Soundtracks

Mirai
Written by The Back Horn
Performed by The Back Horn
Courtesy of Victor Entertainment, Speedstar Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting premise but the movie ultimately doesn't add up
14 April 2005 | by (Bethesda, MD, USA) – See all my reviews

Bright Future is about a plot to populate the sewers of Tokyo with a glowing, poisonous jellyfish. So far, so good. There aren't too many movies about plots to populate the sewers of Tokyo with glowing, poisonous jellyfish that I know about. Although the movie has much to commend it, it is ultimately frustrating because characters are constantly doing things not because they make sense but because the filmmaker wants them to in order to advance the plot. Also, the movie has no real ending; it just….ends.

On the one hand, you might say that the movie doesn't have to make sense because it follows a dream logic and dreams don't always make sense. However, the best movies that follow a dream logic, such as Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel, have an internal consistency. Actions make sense within the context of the movie. Also, The Exterminating Angel has one of the best endings in all of cinema.

I liked the themes of Bright Future: loneliness, alienation, lack of connection between the generations. I also liked the poisonous jellyfish as a metaphor for disaffected, violent teenagers and 20-somethings. However, I had the feeling that the filmmaker wrote himself into a corner and didn't know how to get out of it. Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami does this with his novels. He starts a novel not knowing where it's going but then eventually has to end it, which he almost always does in an unsatisfying manner.

Nevertheless, I keep reading Murakami novels and I'm going to seek out other films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Maybe some day all the ingredients will fall into place and he'll make a masterpiece.


12 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?