Bright Future details
|Starring:||Jo Odagiri, Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji, Takashi Sasano, Marumi Shiraishi, Hanawa, Hideyuki Kasahara, Ryo Kase, Miyako Kawahara, Chiaki Kominami|
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Nov 2007|
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Bright FutureBy SpikeMarshall (1 review) from Bingley , 09 Feb 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Bright Future's an interesting little movie, more allegory than film. It's beautifully shot, it amazes me how quickly and succesfully DV was used in Japan, and it has this really fragile thematic beauty which sort of counteracts against a plot which has no literal bearings.
Asano is great in it, but Jo Odagari completely steals the show. It's essentially a story of the listlessness that young people have, a desperation to achieve something and their fight to either pursue it or be safe. It's really quite incredible.
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beware of jellyfishBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 19 Nov 2010Yuji has dreams of bright future while his mate Mamoru tries to terrorise world by poisonous jellyfish. Life gets more complicated with murder and robbery and eventually things unravel in unpredictable ways. Cool soundtrack though as well as movie itself.
A Bright Future For Japanese Cinema.By H0LLIE (198 reviews) from UK , 23 Jul 2010Bright Future is a beautiful and touching drama that turns life into a simple yet complex metaphor that perfectly captures the mind set of depression.
Tadanobu Asano gives yet another fantastic performace, but it's Joe Odagiri who really shows his worth here. His portrayal of the perpetually indesisive Namuru is deeply involved and he manages to inspire a variety of strong emotions in the watcher.
The direction flips through various styles, occasionally looking like a documentary and sometimes sweeping poetically from scene to scene. The music is oddly fitting, quirky at times it adds a lighter top note to what is essentially a very dark movie.
Over all this is one of the best films I have ever seen, but I would be reluctant to recommend it to everyone. Bright Future would be most appreciated by fans of simple dramas, touching storylines that feel no need to complicate matters with unnecessary twists.
Another amazing experience from Kiyoshi KurosawaBy EditorInChimp (18 reviews) from London , 11 Jan 2010Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes another bid to step up and be as vital and revolutionary a force in Japanese cinema as his revered father with a genuinely oddball, beautiful trip that blooms in the memory in the days and weeks after you watch.
So, this film doesn't have the epic sweep and carefully composed sturm-und-drang of Akira Kurosawa's celebrated oeuvre and it is a huge stretch to put Kiyoshi in such company simply by familial association. But if he continues to create films at this high standard he's assured of carving out a very impressive canon of his own.
A plot description seems a fairly redundant way to describe a film like this, where the tone, atmosphere and more importantly the viewer's own emotional response is at the forefront. It's certainly not about a story that can be easily divided into three chapters. What it is about is mordant humour, eloquent absurdism, and a genuinely keening desire for lonely, alienated people to connect in clumsy and honest ways. It's also maybe about the imminent collapse of society, or flummoxed inter-generational relations, or the isolating effect of technology, or the latent violence in even the most rational-seeming people, or absent fathers and wayward sons, or the required salinity levels to sustain jellyfish, or recycling, or crippling shyness, or just how we get ourselves to the end of each day, and how we'll do it all again tomorrow.
I know not everyone will be quite so enthralled, and may even be tempted to switch off during the grainy, digital video longeurs of the vital tone-setting early scenes. But, anyone who loves honest, unique and personal cinema and has had enough of the now standard issue sub-Wes Andersonisms of American 'independent' (major studio subsidiary, of course) cinema will find much to admire here. And, more precious, maybe even something profound and affecting, an increasing rarity in today's filmmaking climate.
Then rent 'Pulse', a genuinely chilling masterpiece awaits.
Bright FutureBy standardman (90 reviews) from Littleborough , 18 Aug 2009I picked this up because Tadanobu Asano is one of my favourite actors as I've heard a lot about director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
It's a very strange film and I suspect it'll put off a lot of people but those who stick with it will discover an enigmatic, deliberately paced movie with beautiful imagery and surprising range.
But it's pretty dull nowBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 14 Apr 2009Might well have been caled 'The Case of the Reappearing Jellyfish' in this almost monochromatic film where colour occasionally stands out in the form of e.g. a shirt. Directed by a Kurosawa, presumably the son of the great Japanese master, this thoughtful but rather gloomy film ends with optimistic panache.
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