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Alienated youth is one of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's favorite themes. Bright Future is an alternately comic and macabre portrait of a deranged friendship between Mamoru (who's maniacally devoted to his pet, a luminous jellyfish) and Yuji, his veritable disciple. Action and horror enthusiasts have embraced some of Kurosawa's films—notably Cure (1997) and Pulse (2001)—but this antiformulaic movie doesn't exert the same appeal. Still, adventurous viewers may appreciate Kurosawa's ability to invest his psychotic antiheroes with a strange poignancy. The film closes with a parade of teenagers in Che Guevara T-shirts (Guevara has become a cult figure in Japan), signifying perhaps that their apolitical rage has the potential to spawn revolutionary fervor. In Japanese with subtitles. 92 min.

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