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Jellyfish Eyes

Takashi Murakami

 
Jellyfish Eyes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 2013
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #787

The world-famous artist Takashi Murakami made his directorial debut with Jellyfish Eyes, taking his boundless imagination to the screen in a tale of friendship and loyalty that also addresses humanity’s propensity for destruction. After moving to a country town with his mother following his father’s death, a young boy befriends a charming, flying, jellyfish-like sprite—only to discover that his schoolmates have similar friends, and that neither they nor the town itself are what they seem to be. Pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s modest-budgeted special effects extravaganza boasts unforgettable creature designs and carries a message of cooperation and hope for all ages.

Cast

Masashi KusakabeTakuto Sueoka
Saki AmamiyaHimeka Asami
The Black-Cloaked Four—Blue Dragon Masataka Kubota
The Black-Cloaked Four—White TigerShota Sometani
The Black-Cloaked Four—Black TortoiseHidemasa Shiozawa
The Black-Cloaked Four—Vermilion BirdAmi Ikenaga
Shizuko AmamiyaAsuka Kurosawa
Tatsuo KusakabeKanji Tsuda
Yasuko KusakabeMayu Tsuruta
Naoto KozukaTakumi Saito

Credits

DirectorTakashi Murakami
Executive producerTakashi Murakami
StoryTakashi Murakami
ProducersChiaki Kasahara and Yoshihiro Nishimura
ScreenplayJun Tsugita and Yoshihiro Nishimura
Supervising assistant directorYoshihiro Nishimura
Director of photographyYasutaka Nagano
GafferJun Kodama
Sound mixerShinichi Yoshii
Wardrobe supervisorKazuki Yunoki
Hair and makeupChieko Shimizu
Art directorNori Fukuda
Key creature and special effects makeup artistTaiga Ishino
Musickz (livetune) and Yoshihiro Ike
Sound designerKeiichi Momose
Visual effects producersYusaku Toyoshima and Tsuyoshi Kazuno
First assistant director Jun Shiozaki
Production managerYuji Saito

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New high-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with director Takashi Murakami
  • Making F.R.I.E.N.D.s, a new piece on the creation of the film’s creatures
  • Takashi Murakami: The Art of Film, a new behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film
  • Trailer for Jellyfish Eyes 2
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Glen Helfand

    New cover by Goto Design

Film Essays

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Gods and Monsters: Murakami Goes to the Movies

By Glen Helfand December 09, 2015

With Jellyfish Eyes, Takashi Murakami’s creature feature made in the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and nuclear crisis, the international art superstar brings his transcultural vision to . . . Read more »

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Gods and Monsters: Murakami Goes to the Movies

By Glen Helfand December 09, 2015

With Jellyfish Eyes, Takashi Murakami’s creature feature made in the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and nuclear crisis, the international art superstar brings his transcultural vision to . . . Read more »

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