Imagine an app for your phone that would allow you to control your own super-powered alien sidekick who could both defend you from hostile attackers and save the planet from the forces of a nuclear disaster. This idea becomes reality in Jellyfish Eyes, the first feature film directed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Though Murakami has been a major presence in the art world since the 1990s, he is perhaps best known to the public for his collaboration with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, where he inserted his signature anime eye into their logo pattern. A retrospective of Murakami’s work was organized by curator Paul Schimmel at MOCA Los Angeles in 2007, which then traveled to the Brooklyn Museum and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.
Murakami’s film, currently touring the U.S. in limited release, encapsulates the complex emotional lives of young people in a way that only classic films like E.T.