Screening: Jellyfish Eyes (2013) by Takashi Murakami

Date
23.03.2017
Time
17.00 - 18.45
Location:
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Event type
For kids & teenagers, Exhibition
Every Thursday at 17.00 – 18.45 during the course of the exhibition (10 February – 14 May) Murakami’s debut feature film Jellyfish Eyes (2013) will be screened at the museum.

 

Running time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Free with museum admission.

Jellyfish Eyes, made in 2013, is Takashi Murakami’s debut feature film. It was inspired by the destructive tsunami that hit Japan after the earthquake in 2011. The film combines live action with computer graphics in a story that revolves around family, friendship, cooperation and loyalty, staged in an imaginary world that only Murakami could have created. The film takes place in an imaginary university town after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011, and the story centres on a boy named Masashi and his mother, who move together to the new town after the death of the boy’s father. Here young Masashi encounters a flying, jellyfish-like fantasy creature that he calls Kurage-bo, which means jellyfish boy. Masashi brings Kurage-bo with him to school, and discovers that his classmates also have similar creatures that they call F.R.I.E.N.D.s. After a while Masashi realises that his classmates, the fantasy creatures and the city are not what they appear to be, and that the fantasy creatures are being used as part of a gigantic, evil plan to gather negative energy from children. According to Murakami, the purpose in making the film was to convey a message to Japanese children:

Today, there are many kids in my country who are told by adults that they will grow up to achieve their dreams and live a life without hardship. However, when they actually do get older, they see the frailties of adult behavior, grow sick to their stomachs, cut their ties to society, and retreat into a world of their own. This problem is especially relevant in the aftermath of 3/11. I want these children to have a firm view of reality, and to grow up stronger. I felt that this message would come across easier if wrapped in the package of a fantasy film.
– Takashi Murakami

 

Jellyfish Eyes, 2013
01:42:23
Story, Director, Character Design: Takashi Murakami
Cast: Takuto Sueoka, Himeka Asami, Masataka Kubota, Shota Sometani, Asuka Kurosawa, Kanji Tsuda, Mayu Tsuruta, Takumi Saitoh
Theme Song: "Last Night, Good Night" (Re:Dialed) livetune feat. Hatsune Miku
Distribution: GAGA
Production: Kaikai Kiki

©2013 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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