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First Trailer for Artist Takashi Murakami's Film Debut 'Jellyfish Eyes'

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April 23, 2014
Source: Vanity Fair

Jellyfish Eyes

Following a premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater a year ago and hitting theaters in Japan shortly thereafter, the directorial debut of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is coming to United States theaters by way of an eight-city tour. The film is called Jellyfish Eyes, and features a coming-of-age story that unfolds due to an unusual relationship with an odd jellyfish creature. Though the film is in the same vein as something like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, you've never seen a story like this told with such a unique visual palette. Details on where you can catch this film are below along with the trailer.

Here's the first trailer for Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes (Mememe no kurage), from Vanity Fair:

Here's the full United States tour schedule of where and when you can catch the film (buy your tickets here):

Dallas, TX – May 1 (Dallas Museum of Art)
Boston, MA – May 1, 10, 11, 12, 25, and 26 (Institute of Contemporary Art)
Seattle, WA – May 2, 3, 4 (Henry Art Gallery)
Washington, DC – May 22 (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)
Chicago, IL – May 25 (Museum of Contemporary Art)
Los Angeles, CA – May 30 (The Theatre at Ace Hotel)
New York, NY – June 1 (Film Society of Lincoln Center)
San Francisco, CA – June 5 (Asian Art Museum)

Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot. Interested?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Interested indeedo
  • RobotProphet
    Wow. American filmmakers need to try stuff that's out of the box like this.
    • http://www.youtube.com/user/skazillashmack Danimal
      don't worry, i'm sure they'll do an english remake
  • DAVIDPD
    Japan.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      Is Awesooooome. :-)
  • TheOct8pus
    This opens the door for a live action Pokemon movie made in Hollywood.
  • Why?
    Looks like a live action version of the Mamoru Hosoda film Summer Wars, but in Takashi's defense, Summer Wars completely ripped off Murakami's art. So I guess they are even?

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