Run time: 92 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 3rd December 2003
Distributed by: Palm Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 6
IMDB: 7.0 / 10
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Producer: Takashi Asai
Screenwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring: Joe Odagiri as Yûji Nimura, Tadanobu Asano as Mamoru Arita, Tatsuya Fuji as Shin'ichirô Arita, Takashi Sasano as Mr. Fujiwara, Marumi Shiraishi as Mrs. Fujiwara, Hanawa as Ken Takagi, Hideyuki Kasahara as Shin, Ryō Kase as Fuyuki Arita, Chiaki Kominami as Kaori Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Jun, Yoshiyuki Morishita as Mori, Sayuri Oyamada as Miho Nimura, Sakichi Satô as Manager of Recycle Shop, Tetsu Sawaki as Kei, Ryo as Lawyer
Two go-nowhere factory workers are content to make moist towelettes by day, sit around their apartment by night. One fellow is slowly acclimating a jellyfish from salt water to fresh. That's the extent of the excitement.
One day, the jellyfish roommate snaps and kills the boss. He's sentenced to death, leaving the jellyfish to the other guy along with a boatload of confusion. Non-murdering roommate befriends the killer's father. The film comes to a conclusion as the jellyfish finds its way into the local water supply. Oops.
Bizarre and meandering, Bright Future's commentary is blatantly obvious and ironic, right from the title. These guys have no future, much less a bright one. It's clear from the very start. And frankly this is a genre that's starting to get overplayed: Life is rough in Tokyo unless you're fabulously wealthy -- rough enough to kill people for no reason and strange enough that randomness is actually the norm.
But maybe there is hope for our jaded hero in the end. After he's made peace with the old man and learned to love the jellyfish, will his act gel together to the point where he can become a productive member of society? Hell if I know. I'm just a jellyfish.
Aka Akarui mirai.