Jellyfish Eyes (2015)


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The directorial debut from acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes brings its creator's endless imagination to the screen in a tale of family, friendship, and loyalty set in a world of fantasy that only Murakami could conjure. Having moved to the country with his mother following the death of his father, young Masashi (Takuto Sueoka) immediately makes a most unlikely friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite that he nicknames Kurage-bo. Taking Kurage-bo under his wing and into the classroom, Masashi soon discovers that his schoolmates have similar friends - and that they, their creators, and the town itself are not all they seem to be. Pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami's film carries a message of cooperation and hope while boasting unforgettable creature designs and handmade special effects nearly a decade in the making. A touching triumph of creativity and wonder, Jellyfish Eyes is a must-see for film lovers of all ages. (C) Janus

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Takuto Sueoka
as Masashi Kusakabe
Shota Sometani
as The Black Cloaked Four (Black Tortoise)
Himeka Asami
as Saki Amamiya
Hidemasa Shiozawa
as The Black Cloaked Four (Black Tortoise)
Ami Ikenaga
as The Black Cloaked Four (Vermilion Bird)
Mayu Tsuruta
as Yasuko Kusaka
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Though it may amuse hardcore devotees of kaiju film on video, the film hardly threatens to make Murakami the next Julian Schnabel.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

[The] story [is] barely original or interesting enough to sustain a half hour of kids' TV.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…
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Whatever you might think of Mr. Murakami's paintings and sculptures, they are invariably polished and eerily perfect, but his movie seems thrown together.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Watching unmemorable child protagonists repeatedly fight and bond with each other and a bunch of F.R.I.E.N.D.s, tacky-looking Pokémon-esque monsters, is unproductively exhausting.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

The creatures -- which range from a human-sized frog to a sprite with a big metal box for a head -- provide a worthy showcase for Murakami's prodigious visual imagination.

May 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, a narrative feature film is more than just moving images, and once Murakami dives into narrative and character, Jellyfish Eyes begins stumbling all over itself

Jan 13, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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