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Overview

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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Delicate. See more (20 total) »

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Yûji Nimura:What have I been doing? I got my go ahead a long time ago.See more »
Soundtrack:
MiraiSee more »

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19 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Delicate., 5 September 2005
Author: disgruntledwren from Elsewhere

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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