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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 »


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


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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


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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Release Date:

3 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The large group of jellyfish in the Tokyo River was filmed in an aquarium and digitally added to the film. See more »


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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Written by The Back Horn
Performed by The Back Horn
Courtesy of Victor Entertainment, Speedstar Records
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excellent insight into the two generations
14 September 2008 | by m-okiSee all my reviews

I think this is not an easy film to grasp. Someone may well hate or disgust it, until he grasps what Mamoru represents and what is the theme of this movie.He doesn't look human at all. He never shows real emotion nor intention. So what is he? Is he a pure evil, or a ghost as in fact came back later in the movie? One way to understand him is not to see him as a real figure, but as question, question from the director Kurosawa. The question is double question. One is to the older generation, which is; Can you accept him and his generation? Another question is to the younger generation, which is; What do you do in the absence of an idealistic and convenient advocator like Mamoru?

In the case of the two, Yuji(Nimura) and Mamoru's father, things went well.They found them understandable and lovable. But, as known from the dialog of Mamoru's father, "I forgive you, I forgive you all," this is a question to all the individuals, younger or older.

Can we really accept the young so dangerous and sensitive like a jelly fish? Can we love them so much as to reach for them? Or, as a young, can we understand the elder so selfish and ugly but sometime has real love for the young?

What's implied in this movie is that the chances for the recovery of the relationship between two gegerations are still left and that the strragle goes on to forever.

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