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FIRST FEATURE: Jellyfish Eyes

By Takashi Murakami


In his feature filmmaking debut, acclaimed visual artist Takashi Murakami creates a family-friendly monster movie using live action and CGI. Jellyfish Eyes transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure set in a post-Fukushima world. The film follows young Masashi who, after his father’s death, moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be. As a connoisseur of Japanese popular culture, from children’s manga and anime to classic monster movies, Murakami packs his film with a delirious abundance of ideas and imagery.

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This screening is part of the ICA's "First Feature" series, presenting debut films of prominent visual artists. One of the most influential artists of his generation, Murakami is internationally recognized for his "superflat," anime-inspired aesthetic and has exhibited widely,  including the Palace of Versailles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Murakami is also well known for his collaborations in the fashion and music worlds, including work with Louis Vuitton, Kanye and Pharrell.

Jellyfish Eyes has a running time of 100 minutes and is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. 

This film contains some material that may not be suitable for children; parental guidance suggested.


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Name:First Feature: Jellyfish Eyes
Date:May 01, 2014 07:00 PM –
May 01, 2014 08:30 PM
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