Bright Future
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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 Tokyo. Mamoru, the more antisocial of the two, is obsessed with his pet project of acclimating a poisonous jellyfish to fresh water by gradually changing the water in its tank. One night, he inexplicably murders his boss' family and is sentenced to death. Yuji, left to continue the jellyfish experiment, befriends Mamoru's estranged father, and the two… 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 Bu˝uel."
‑ 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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