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WATCH: Wondrous Trailer for Artist Takashi Murakami's Weird Feature Film Debut 'Jellyfish Eyes'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 23, 2014 at 3:35PM

Known for his ocular aesthetic and pop-art-inspired wall installations, Japanese mixed-media artist Takashi Murakami brings his feature filmmaking debut "Jellyfish Eyes" to Film Independent at LACMA on Monday, April 8th. This is the film's international premiere.
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"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.


This article is related to: Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes, Film Independent


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.