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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 »
User Reviews:
excellent insight into the two generations 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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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:I've always had lots of dreams when I sleep. The dreams have always been about the future. The future in my dreams was always bright. A future brimming with hope and peace. So I've always loved to sleep. That is, until just recently...See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
excellent insight into the two generations, 14 September 2008
Author: m-oki from Japan

I think this is not an easy film to grasp. Someone may well hate or disgust it, until he grasps what Mamoru represents and what is the theme of this movie.He doesn't look human at all. He never shows real emotion nor intention. So what is he? Is he a pure evil, or a ghost as in fact came back later in the movie? One way to understand him is not to see him as a real figure, but as question, question from the director Kurosawa. The question is double question. One is to the older generation, which is; Can you accept him and his generation? Another question is to the younger generation, which is; What do you do in the absence of an idealistic and convenient advocator like Mamoru?

In the case of the two, Yuji(Nimura) and Mamoru's father, things went well.They found them understandable and lovable. But, as known from the dialog of Mamoru's father, "I forgive you, I forgive you all," this is a question to all the individuals, younger or older.

Can we really accept the young so dangerous and sensitive like a jelly fish? Can we love them so much as to reach for them? Or, as a young, can we understand the elder so selfish and ugly but sometime has real love for the young?

What's implied in this movie is that the chances for the recovery of the relationship between two gegerations are still left and that the strragle goes on to forever.

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