How far would you go to save your next of kin?
Tatsuya Fujiwara, star of both Battle Royale and its sequel, headlines the stylish, bittersweet romance Moonlight Jellyfish, director Kosuke Tsurumi's feature film debut. With his extensive knowledge of screenwriting and editing as well as his distinctive visual flair, Kosuke Tsurumi is clearly a new director on the rise! Moonlight Jellyfish is a visually stunning tale, utilizing the metaphor of the jellyfish, who floats aimlessly, yet can cause great pain if one gets too close, to inform this tragic love story!
The plot centers on two brothers trapped in world of shadow, one literal, the other metaphorical. An orphan since childhood, Seiji (Tatsuya Fujiwara) must look after his teenage brother Michio (fourteen year old Ryo Kimura making his film debut as well), who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a rare, incurable disease that prevents him from going out in the sun. To support his younger sibling, Seiji joins the Yakuza, working his way up the crime ladder and eventually becoming the right-hand man to a powerful mob chief.
The two brothers' dark lives are brightened considerably by the appearance of Keiko (popular television actress Aya Okamoto), Michio' s beautiful young nurse. Thanks to an act of chivalry on the part of Seiji, Keiko falls head over heels in love with him. And while Seiji has become so engulfed in the criminal underworld that he has lost sight of his own happiness, his budding romance with Keiko offers him a second chance at truly living a good life. But will Seiji' s decision to walk the straight and narrow path be successful?
This version comes with a bonus DVD that features the following extras:
Making of featurettes Interviews Trailers Photo gallery