Prolific visual artist Takashi Murakami makes his feature directorial debut with this whimsical sci-fi fantasy set in post-Fukushima, Japan, where a colorful race of extraterrestrial creatures visible only to children are revealed to be crucial components in a diabolical scheme to manifest negative energy. His urban home decimated by a natural disaster, young Masashi moves to the Japanese countryside with his mother. Upon moving into his new apartment, Masashi strikes up a fast friendship with Kurage-bo, a flying creature that looks like a jellyfish, and it captures the uprooted boy's imagination. Before long, Masashi discovers that all of the children in this remote village have their own special creature. Convinced that they can control their Kawaii-like friends via a hi-tech electronic remote, the children begin using the creatures to bully one another. Later, Masashi and his friends learn that the adorable beings are being used to harvest negative emotions for nefarious purposes, and they decide to fight back.~Jason Buchanan
Making F.R.I.E.N.D.s, a new piece on the creation of the film's creatures
New interview with director Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami: The Art of Film, a new behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film
Trailer for Jellyfish Eyes 2
Asuka KurosawaShizuko Amaniya
Kanji TsudaTatsuo Kusaka
Shota SometaniThe Black Cloaked Four (Black Tortoise)
Masataka KubotaThe Black Cloaked Four (Blue Dragon)
This movie reminded me of season 3 of Digimon. Nothing overly exciting or worth talking about. It was just created and now kind of floating in the void of easily forgotten media.
Essentially, a bunch of young kids come into possession of little monster creatures that they mainly use to battle one another, but unbeknownst to them there may be something larger linger in the shadows. The first thing I really want to touch on is that that while the designs of the monsters themselves are rather adorable, the CGI is atrocious. It kind of took me out of the movie with just how bad it was.
The story also felt quiet off. There was a major event that happened in the main characters life, but despite the attempts to make it relevant it sort of fell flat. Other character's included very obvious stereotypes including the bullies and love interest and all problems solved by the power of friendship. Well, mostly.
Honestly, it really is Digimon (Season 3!) with maybe a mix of Yu-Gi-Oh. Not something I would recommend, even if I didn't exactly hate it.