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Bright Future (2002)

Akarui mirai (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 3 December 2003 (France)
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 »

Director:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Odagiri ... Yûji Nimura
Tadanobu Asano ... Mamoru Arita
Tatsuya Fuji ... Shin'ichirô Arita
Sayuri Oyamada ... Miho Nimura
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Mr. Fujiwara
Marumi Shiraishi Marumi Shiraishi ... Mrs. Fujiwara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hanawa Hanawa ... Ken Takagi
Hideyuki Kasahara Hideyuki Kasahara ... Shin
Ryo Kase ... Fuyuki Arita (as Ryô Kase)
Miyako Kawahara Miyako Kawahara
Chiaki Kominami Chiaki Kominami ... Kaori Fujiwara
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Jun
Yutaka Mishima ... A man who buy a box lunch
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Mori
Ryô ... Lawyer
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bright Future See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,755, 14 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,762, 21 November 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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...
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Soundtracks

Mirai
Written by The Back Horn
Performed by The Back Horn
Courtesy of Victor Entertainment, Speedstar Records
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Despair
14 August 2008 | by Tecun_UmanSee all my reviews

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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