“Bright Future Glows”
- Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
“An enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis Bunuel. A darkly spellbinding fantasy of urban disillusion.”
- Aaron Hillis, Premiere
- Logan Hill, New York Magazine
“Kurosawa now seems incapable of making a film that is anything less than entrancing.”
- Ken Fox, TV Guide
Friends Mamoru and Yuji 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, Tatsuya Fuji, and the two form a bond. But, Yuji’s attachment to the jellyfish is even stronger, and problems arise when he accidently releases the poisonous creature into the canals of Tokyo.
- Kiyoshi Kurosawa polished Bright Future for Cannes by removing an additional twenty minutes of footage. The Japanese and Korean DVDs feature the original and (presumably) superior 115-minute version. Kurosawa himself prefers the longer cut, but said the shorter version has some strong points as well.
- 'Ambivalent Future,' a documentary filmed during production of Bright Future was released in theatres and is available on some DVD releases.