If you’ve spent anytime in New York or just have a good grasp on Japanese/American pop culture, than you know all about Takashi Murakami. His art has graced the fashion/music industry, going on a decade now. In his, ever increasing need, to reinvent himself, he’s debut this trailer for his new movie Jellyfish Eyes. MITNG spoke about this movie a couple of months ago, but we didn’t have a trailer then and now that we do, it regretfully reminds me of the 2010 Mamoru Hosoda anime Summer Wars, only with live action. In Takashi’s defense, Summer Wars was a complete rip off of his art. So I guess they are even now? Here’s the synopsis.
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.
Jellyfish Eyes is on a limited run in the U.S., as you might’ve expected, and will be hitting up most of the modern art museums and art house film venues across the great land of ours.
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)