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Writer:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (writer)
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Release Date:
3 December 2003 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jô Odagiri ... Yûji Nimura

Tadanobu Asano ... Mamoru Arita

Tatsuya Fuji ... Shin'ichirô Arita
Takashi Sasano ... Mr. Fujiwara
Marumi Shiraishi ... Mrs. Fujiwara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hanawa ... Ken Takagi
Hideyuki Kasahara ... Shin

Ryô Kase ... Fuyuki Arita
Miyako Kawahara
Chiaki Kominami ... Kaori Fujiwara

Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Jun
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Mori
Sayuri Oyamada ... Miho Nimura
Ryô ... Lawyer
Sakichi Satô ... Manager of Recycle Shop
Tetsu Sawaki ... Kei
Kiichi Sonobe
Yûji (as Yuji Nagai)
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Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  writer

Produced by
Takashi Asai .... producer
Itaru Fujimoto .... associate producer
Sadayuki Iwase .... co-producer
Harumi Noshita .... co-producer
Masafumi Odawara .... executive producer
Nobuhiko Sakô .... executive producer
Kenji Takahara .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Shigeomi Hasumi  (as Pacific 231)
Takemasa Miyake  (as Pacific 231)
 
Cinematography by
Takahide Shibanushi 
 
Film Editing by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
 
Production Design by
Yasuaki Harada 
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
 
Costume Design by
Michiko Kitamura 
 
Makeup Department
Sôichi Umezawa .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tomohiro Kubo .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hiromichi Kori .... sound
Masatoshi Saito .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Koichi Kuroda .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Linda Hoaglund .... subtitler: English
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Akarui mirai" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
France:92 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Japan:115 min | USA:92 min | South Korea:115 min (DVD version) | UK:88 min
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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.See more »
Soundtrack:
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Despair, 14 August 2008
Author: Tecun_Uman from United States

Akarui mirai is a film that has one theme, despair. We see a Japanese society that offers little in the way of hope, prosperity, fun or happiness. A chance for a bright future is denied to the young and has already passed up the old. Our two main characters live lives that are pointless and dull. Our protagonist momentarily feels that at least he can claim being good as arcade games as an accomplishment, but soon sees that he is not even good at that. The two soon see that even their "successful" boss, who has a wife and child, has no life worth celebrating or enjoying. Such despair will cause one of the two friends to give up on a bright future and one to make one last attempt at finding hope for that bright future, but sadly, it appears very doubtful that that bright future will come.

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