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Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century. His first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town.
Still from film Jellyfish Eyes, 2013, Photo by Taka Koike, ©2013Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Following the screening, artist Takashi Murakami will participate in a Q&A with Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA.