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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 »

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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 (as Ryô Kase)
Miyako Kawahara
Chiaki Kominami ...
Kaori Fujiwara
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Jun
Yutaka Mishima ...
A man who buy a box lunch
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Mori
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Miho Nimura
Ryô ...
Lawyer
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

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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Kurosawa, a lost generation and jelly fish
25 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They don't want to grow up...neither did I (do I). Growing up is tough: loss, alienation, angst. Bright Future highlights the fear of growing older, finding a direction for your life and incurring responsibility. One major plus to Bright Future is the amazing cast and all around good performances. Joe Odagiri as the lead, Yuji, turns in a very entertaining and heartfelt performance, alongside Japanese film heavyweight, Tadanobu Asano, and possibly the most exciting casting decision is Tatsuya Fuji, whose work with Nagisa Oshima in the late-70s with a Japanese essential, Empire of Passion and by far the most famous, or infamous, was Fuji's iconic role as Kichizo Ishida the insatiable lover of early 20th century true crime celebrity Sada Abe, in the highly erotic (rated X), politically tinged, twisted love/obsession story, In the Realm of the Senses. All of this withstanding, there is no kidding anyone; this is not Kiyoshi Kurosawa's best, but certainly an interesting film that you can get more out of than you originally think you can. If you peel back the layers there is more there than beautiful red CGI jellyfish.


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