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: November 12, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Porton
Chicago Reader

Alienated youth is one of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's favorite themes. Bright Future is an alternately comic and macabre portrait of a deranged friendship.

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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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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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

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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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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

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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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Christopher Null

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
Anthony Valletta
Right now it's a go.
Jesse Ortega
I'm not a big fan of movies that have been edited down for time but this is a rare case where the edit works since it speeds things up, though some scenes… 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