In conjunction with the screening of Jellyfish Eyes, Takashi Murakami will also present a collection of his animated works and discuss his signature artistic style.
In Jellyfish Eyes, Murakami transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure. Having recently lost his father, young Masashi 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. What other coming-of-age fantasy has romance, battling CGI avatars, nuclear intrigue, rival doppelgängers, and a giant monster?
The screening of Jellyfish Eyes will take place at 4pm at the Walter Reade Theater, while at 6:30, he will present a collection of his animated works and participate in a discussion in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
Known for founding the postmodern art movement "Superflat," which blurs the line between the "high" and "low" arts, as well as for his collaborations with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Louis Vuitton via Marc Jacobs, the work of Murakami is deeply rooted in Japanese popular culture and draws inspiration from classic anime and manga.
Jellyfish Eyes merchandise will also be sold at the screening, which includes key chains, stuffed animals, and the film-inspired T-shirt created by Murakami and musician/fashion designer Pharrell.
[Free tickets to the discussion portion of the Murakami event will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the conversations. Limit one complimentary ticket per person, subject to availability.
Tickets for the screening are $13 for general public, $9 for Students/Seniors; and $8 for Film Society members. Visit Filmlinc.com to purchase, and for more information.]
Jellyfish Eyes trailer follows: