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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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5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Sh*te Future 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
 
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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 »
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MiraiSee more »

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Sh*te Future, 18 February 2014
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

You'd be hard pressed to find a film as dull as this one. Seriously, the film is all about how the youth of Japan are becoming apathetic and direction-less, and the film succeeds in showing this. However, nothing happening in a film does not equal high art, as nothing happening in a film equals nothing happening in a film. The first time we tried to watch this, we switched it off after fifteen minutes and didn't touch it for years. Bored one day, I decided to give it another go. I didn't know what bored was until I watched this film.

Two moody, unemotional actors representing the youth of Tokyo in a moody, unemotional way (i.e staring into space, mumbling, etc) work in some factory for an over-friendly boss. After moving a wardrobe for him, then having dinner and talking about their pet jellyfish, as well as lounging about in chairs and going out for a boring night out, the boss invites himself to their flat to watch Ping Pong (don't get too excited as they get back to that damn jellyfish again).

To cut a very boring story short, one of the guys kills his boss and his wife (offscreen), getting himself arrested. The other guy takes charge of the jellyfish and meets the murderer's dad. Not much happens unless you like talk about water desalination and people standing on roofs, staring into the distance.

Full of heavy handed dialogue, long stretches of nothing, people staring at each other and having awkward conversations, plus all that jellyfish action (they get it to take to fresh water where it breeds and multiplier's, resulting in a really exciting part where the jellyfish leave Tokyo, a not very subtle reference to them finding the freedom the youth crave, or something). I mean, the film ends with five minutes of a gang of youths walking down the street, bored.

If you're a chin stroking type who has to advertise to the world that your taste in film is superior to theirs, then you'll have a field day picking apart this film's subtext and imagery while the rest of the human race has fun doing something else. This is the most ponderous, boring Japanese film I've suffered through.

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