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Q&A: Takashi Murakami talks monsters, movies and Fukushima
Q&A: Takashi Murakami talks monsters, movies and Fukushima

A nuclear disaster, evil scientists and a malevolent monster with psychedelic eyeballs that wreaks havoc on a bucolic town. It isn't "Godzilla." It's "Jellyfish Eyes," the latest creation from artist Takashi Murakami, Japan's industrious answer to Andy Warhol.  The movie is a 100-minute live-action kids' flick that sits squarely in the Kaiju (Japanese monster movie) tradition. It tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who encounters a creature known as a F.R.I.E.N.D.: a floating avatar-sprite who likes to snack on processed cheese. There is also a crew of cape-wearing baddies that resemble a Japanese boy band, an end-of-the world cult, a bevy...

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