Takashi Murakami Ceritakan Kebangkrutannya di IGTV Takashi Murakami Bangkrut. (Foto: HypeBeast)

TAKASHI Murakami bukan nama asing di industri hiburan dunia. Seniman ternama asal Jepang ini pernah berkolaborasi dengan sederet nama dan instansi besar dunia. Mulai dari Lionel Messi, Casio G-Shock, sampai kolaborasi dengan merek-merek mewah seperti Louis Vuitton, COMME des GARCONS dan Supreme.

Tidak hanya berkecimpung di dunia fesyen, Murakami juga meminjamkan kreativitasnya dalam video klip Pharell Williams untuk lagu Last Night, Good Night. Lalu video klip bertema anime untuk Billie Eilish di lagu You Should See Me in a Crown.

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Tetapi nasib berkata lain, Takashi Murakami mengumumkan kebangkrutannya di IGTV.

Video berdurasi 15 menit itu diawali dengan kalimat "Cerita hari ini adalah cerita yang sangat menyedihkan bagiku," ungkap Murakami.

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This spring, I streamed a series of cooking show of a sort on Instagram Live. I’m sure those who watched them were utterly confused, but I was trying to buoy my own thoroughly sunken feelings through these streamings. With the sudden swoop of COVID-19 pandemic, my company faced bankruptcy and I had to give up on a number of projects, the most symbolic of which being the production of my sci-fi feature film, Jellyfish Eyes Part 2: Mahashankh. For nine long years, I had persevered! It was a film that was to realize my childish dreams! The enormous budget I poured into this project, as well as my tenacious persistence, put a constant and tremendous stress on my company’s operation for the past nine years. But at the same time, I was able to endure various hardships because I had this project. Faced with the current predicament, however, I was persuaded by both my business consultant and tax attorney that I must, simply must try and drastically reduce our business tax by filing the film’s production cost as tax-exempt expenditure. To that end, I am going to produce and release a series of videos to publicly announce the discontinuation of the film’s production. (To be clear, this is an entirely legitimate procedure—I’m not trying to evade tax!) These videos will be released against the backdrop of our struggle to avoid an economic catastrophe, but perhaps it may have a cathartic effect on the viewers/my followers to see the story of stupid Murakami’s failure. Long story short, I’m a silly human being for whom the moment of bliss is when I am thinking my truly childish sci-fi thoughts. I don’t know how many episodes the series will end up being, but a series it will be, so please come along with me on this journey for a little while.

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Selama musim semi, Murakami tampak membagikan serial kegiatannya memasak di Instagram Live. Di balik konten yang ia buat, ini sesungguhnya merupakan caranya meredam kesedihan mendalam yang dirasakannya.

Murakami mengaku fokus membuat film berjudul The Jellyfish Eyes yang terdiri dari Part 1 dan Part 2. Tidak banyak mendapatkan keuntungan dari perilisan Part 1. Murakami mengatakan bahwa ia harus tetap melanjutkan Part 2. Karena film ini merupakan realisasi dari mimpinya sejak kecil.

Sejak 2012, Murakami telah memperkerjakan banyak orang dan menghabiskan uang serta tenaga yang tidak sedikit. Sembilan tahun kemudian pada 2020, Murakami memutuskan untuk menyerah karena perusahaannya bangkrut.

"But i have to give up because of COVID-19," ungkapnya sedih.

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Billie Eilish dan Takashi Murakami. (Foto: observer.com)
Billie Eilish dan Takashi Murakami. (Foto: observer.com)

Kini Murakami membuat dokumenter mengenai kegiatan-kegiatan di balik layar syuting film The Jellyfish Eyes Part 2 yang tidak akan pernah rilis.

Meski harus membatalkan filmnya sendiri. Laman Hypebeast menuliskan bahwa Murakami tetap menjadi sutradara untuk acara kartun Kanye West dan Kid Cud berjudul KIDS SEE GHOSTS. (shn)

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