Q&A with director Takashi Murakami.

In his feature-film debut, renowned visual-artist Takashi Murakami transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure. Having recently lost his father, young Masashi moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be. As a connoisseur of Japanese popular culture, from children’s manga and anime to classic monster movies, Murakami packs his film with a delirious abundance of ideas and imagery. What other coming-of-age fantasy has romance, battling CGI avatars, nuclear intrigue, rival doppelgängers, and a giant monster?

Takashi Murakami will also participate in one of our Free Talks in the Film Center Amphitheater on June 1 at 6:30pm!

This event is now standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime and any available tickets will be released to the line on a first come, first served basis. To sign up for ticketing updates about this event, click here.