The official synopsis reads: “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.”
In an official statement, Murakami said, “This film is something of a culmination of my childhood and childish longing for movies and the complex philosophical thoughts I have gained through my experience in the contemporary art world, tied together as a message for the children of today. I’m excited to have it released in the U.S.”
The film will open on July 15 at the IFC Center in New York with Murakami in attendance.