Bright Future
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A drama centering upon the friendship between Yuji and Mamoru, two angry young men working in a plant that processes oshibori--the wet hand towels found in restaurants and fast food joints. Both are anti-social loners with short fuses. Yuji worships the older, enigmatic Mamoru, who lives with a red jellyfish that is hauntingly luminous and fatally poisonous. Mamoru shows him how to care for the creature, which swims alone in its tank, waving its tentacles with deceptive gentleness. When Mamoru and Yuji's irritatingly self-absorbed boss visits Mamoru's apartment and playfully sticks his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gradually establishes a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake, though it's not without its darkly humorous moments."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears."
‑ Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News
"Kurosawa's weird look at the empty lives of modern youth is mysteriously eye-catching but nothing deeper."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Kurosawa's mysterious film about Japan's disaffected and alienated youth."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"More high -- but strangely touching -- weirdness from acclaimed Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie has a curious and cumulative power."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"no less enigmatic, broad-reaching and majestically paced than a jellyfish."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"No stranger to the bizarro social metaphor, [Kurosawa] somehow paints the film's title as honestly optimistic, winkingly ironic, and completely doom-laden at the same time."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"...an enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis Buuel."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"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."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"a genre that's starting to get overplayed"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's a haunting, spooky journey into a world that embraces trippy ambiguity."
‑ , E! Online
"That the film succeeds on the level of a thriller as well as of a philosophical reflection is a proof of Kurosawa as perhaps the best Japanese filmmaker of his generation."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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