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Famed Japanese pop artist Murakami Takashi has made his first film, and it looks absolutely incredible. You've never seen kaiju like this.

The film has been touring film festivals in the United States for the past year. According to Yatzer:

In 'Jellyfish Eyes', a 101-minute-long monster movie which premiered earlier in April as part of the Film Independent series at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Murakami has married a cast of flesh and blood young actors with an array of fantastical animated creatures who all inhabit an 'experimental' small town set in the Japanese countryside. It is there where, after having fled a catastrophe-stricken area, the film's main human character, a 'sad-looking' boy named Masashi, befriends the eponymous Kurage-bo (Jellyfish boy) who belongs to an extraterrestrial species known as Friends. Only visible to children, each of the computer-generated monsters (which in true Murakami style come in all shapes and colours) belongs to a specific child who in turn is led to believe that they can control their special Friend via an iPhone-like device. As each of the monsters serves as a metaphorical representation of youthful angst, the children begin misusing their Friends to bully and intimidate each other, unaware that the Kawaii-inspired creatures play a pivotal role in a villainous ruse conceived to combine and convert the said negative emotions into a 'supra-universal power.' Soon enough however, Masashi and his fellow classmates decide to work together in order to defeat this wicked plan.


Clearly this is a tip of the hat to My Neighbor Totoro, with its small town inhabited by adorable monsters. But it's also about how the Japanese are coming to terms with the Fukushima disaster. Plus, I love the scenes where kids seem to be using their mobiles to have Pokémon-style monster fights. Here's hoping this film finally gets a theatrical release.

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