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Jul20

Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” debuts in the West

2015 at 10:24 am by admin | Comments Off

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Originally releasing in Japan on April 26th, 2013, contemporary pop artist Takashi Murakami’s first film, “Jellyfish Eyes”, has made its debut in the United States! The film started airing at the IFC Center theater in New York City last week, and will be shown until July 23rd, thanks to the efforts of Janus Films and Criterion Collection. A film 12 years in the making, “Jellyfish Eyes” is a story Murakami created for children, and deals with issues like coming to terms with grief, putting aside differences to work together, and how companionship emerges from times of disaster. Working on the film both as a director and as a designer, Murakami’s hand can be seen in both the storytelling and the character designs of the whimsical species whom befriend the children in the movie, called F.R.I.E.N.D.S. From big-eyed marshmallow jellyfish to hulking hairy beasts, Murakami has cited a variety of influences in the designs of “Jellyfish Eyes”, from Power Rangers to Spielberg movies.Upon the completion of the initial screening, it was also announced that a sequel to “Jellyfish Eyes” is already in the works, though little else was announced about the sequel’s plot or release date. Check out the trailer for “Jellyfish Eyes” below, and stay tuned for more information about future theatrical releases across the United States!

May15

Murakami & Pharrell Williams’ Jellyfish Eyes video

2014 at 12:36 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Takashi Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” movie, which recently premiered in the United States at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April, featured the popular character Hatsune Miku in its opening song, titled “Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)”. With the film hitting American shores, music composer and singer-songwriter Pharrel Williams has remixed the song, and has worked together with Murakami to release a brand-new music video of the song! The song features Williams’ remixed version of the song alongside a variety of characters and creatures from the movie, titled F.R.I.E.N.D.s, alongside Hatsune Miku and even cartoon versions of Murakami and Williams themselves! “Jellyfish Eyes” will continue to tour the county through June, arriving at Dallas, Boston, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, giving people across the nation a chance to watch Murakami’s debut film on the big screen.



“Jellyfish Eyes” is a film created, designed, and directed by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. The film follows the story of the young boy, Masashi, as he moves to a new town and discovers the strange creatures known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s. Through his adventures with other children in the town and their respective F.R.I.E.N.D.s, the film follows Masashi’s exploits as he learns about bonds and friendship. The film, which debuted in theaters on April 26th, has since begun a world tour, airing at different cities across Japan and the United States.