director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is an intriguing filmmaker. His
films can be difficult in terms of plot, yet the visual style
and energy created is mind-blowing. His 2003 film, Bright
Future is no exception. Through long extended takes, split-screens,
multiple narratives, Kurosawa creates a fascinating, surreal,
dreamlike atmosphere of isolation. This visual atmosphere
represents the main characters disconnection with the world.
Kurosawa adds poetic symbolism's, unpredictability, and unique
cinematic touches throughout. Bright Future can be most compared
to Kurosawa's Charisma, which (as this film does with Jellyfish)
features a "deadly creature" outside it's environment.
The Jellyfish, much like the films characters, are searching
their unknown environment, deeply navigating towards a brighter
future. Ultimately, Bright Future is a film of survival and
hope. The final shot displays the films theme as we see a
group of young boys, walking with assurance, towards the future
that lies ahead.