Bright Future
Bright Future (2004)

Acclaimed Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa departs from the horror genre for this mystical story of urban ennui. Friends Mamoru (Tadanobu Asano) and Yuji (Joe Odagiri) are aimless young men stuck in dead-end jobs in a dreary factory in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

Gradually establishes a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake, though it's not without its darkly humorous moments.

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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News

Pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kurosawa's weird look at the empty lives of modern youth is mysteriously eye-catching but nothing deeper.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie has a curious and cumulative power.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a prolific and sui generis talent from Japan, this quietly creepy film contains a hint of politics and a wealth of shivers.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

no less enigmatic, broad-reaching and majestically paced than a jellyfish.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year.

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David Rooney
Variety

The writer-director's story sense is far too distracted, clouding the film's themes and even its basic plotline and allowing only the most glancing insights into its characters.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

a genre that's starting to get overplayed

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Bright Future", Mamoru(Tadanobu Asano) and Yuji(Jo Odagiri) are two friends who work in a factory in Tokyo to maintain their… More
Lesley N
Japanese fillm about two solitary friends and, initially at least, a jellyfish. Even after watching the whole thing quite carefully, I'm not really sure… More
Anthony Valletta
Right now it's a go.