Takashi Murakami On Nuclear Monsters And Buddhist Damnation

Posted June 11th, 2013

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Takashi Murakami On Nuclear Monsters And Buddhist Damnation
Takashi Murakami’s first live-action feature film, Jellyfish Eyes, has been ten years in the making. In a rare and exclusive interview The Creators Project sits down with the legendary Japanese artist to discuss the filmmaking process, advances in CGI, and his overall artistic influences at his recent exhibition Arhat at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.

The Creators Project: “Inspired by the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, Jellyfish Eyes mixes live-action with animation and is a monster movie set in a post-Fukishima world. It centers around a boy who moves to a new town where he discovers the kids there fight fantastical creatures.

To bring these creatures to life, Murakami used CGI, noting in our sit-down interview above how the technology has only recently become cheap and effective enough for widespread use. The latest green screen technology and industry software bring Murakami’s visions of a giant bunny, a jellyfish boy, and other strange beings to the screen, in a coming-of-age movie that updates the Godzilla trope for 21st century nuclear fears.” Read on…

Trailer for Jellyfish Eyes

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Image: Still from Jellyfish Eyes