World-renowned visual artist Takashi Murakami's first feature film, Jellyfish Eyes, will have its New York debut at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on June 1 as part of a screening tour at cultural institutions in eight U.S. cities. Murakami will be on hand to discuss the film and his career. Watch the newly-released trailer for the film above and stay tuned for more details about the event.
Jellyfish Eyes transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure set in post-Fukushima Japan. The film follows young Masashi who, after his father’s death, moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be. As a connoisseur of Japanese popular culture, from children’s manga and anime to classic monster movies, Murakami packs his film with a delirious abundance of ideas and imagery.
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century. His work has been exhibited extensively in venues around the world, including the Palace of Versailles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Murakami is also well known for his collaborations in the fashion and music worlds, including work with Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, and Pharrell.