"Jellyfish Eyes"
Janus Films "Jellyfish Eyes"

Known for his ocular aesthetic and pop-art-inspired wall installations, Japanese mixed-media artist Takashi Murakami brought his feature filmmaking debut "Jellyfish Eyes" to the Film Independent at LACMA film series last Spring. Watch the eye-popping, insane first trailer for the film, which kicks off a museum rollout on May 1, here.

Like his contemporary visual art, Murakami's colorful film juxtaposes cute-and-cuddly with the grotesque. Blending CGI and live-action, "Jellyfish Eyes" follows a young boy who moves to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But Masashi soon discovers that inside the apartment he shares with his mother lives a tiny monster, and that beneath this strange city is a sordid bedrock of conspiracies, cults and evil experiments. 

Allegedly, this ambitious film was ten years in the making. And based on the trailer below, which debuted on Vanity Fair, Murakami's yeoman efforts show. Screening info is here.