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It’s a good bet that Arita, the character whose actions launch the plot of Bright Future (at 9:50 p.m. Friday, April 8, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12), couldn’t care less about cherry blossoms. Before he vanishes from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s unsettling 2003 movie, the young Tokyo nihilist shows a passion for poisonous jellyfish, not for the fragile spring blooms that have long symbolized the ephemerality of life in Japanese art and literature. A tale of adolescent anomie from a director who’s better known for horror flicks, Bright Future represents Japan in an utterly contemporary funk. At the other extreme is The Makioka Sisters (at 7:10 p.m. Friday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10), Kon Ichikawa’s elegant 1983 adaptation of Junichiro Tanizaki’s 1948 book. A cinematic novel of manners, the film has cherry blossoms, silk kimonos, and enough other traditional trappings to enchant anyone who admires Japanese design. It’s just as notable, however, for psychological acumen and masterly performances. Somewhere in between is Takeshi Kitano’s hyperstylized 2002 Dolls (pictured; at 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, 3:10 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12), which is derived from the most ancient of Japanese dramatic forms, puppet theater. Updating three classic tales of tragic love, Kitano finds room for pink blossoms as well as pop idols and, of course, gangsters. The series opens Friday, April 8, and runs through Tuesday, April 12, at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Mark Jenkins)