East meets West meets Kirsten Dunst as Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami collaborates with Hollywood director McG for a short film. The recent exhibition at London’s Tate Modern museum, “Pop Life: Art in a Material World,” features in its final room an unusual collaboration between McG, one of Hollywood’s biggest commercial directors, and Takashi Murakami, Japan’s king of pop art: a four-minute film starring actress Kirsten Dunst singing a cover of “Turning Japanese” by the rock band The Vapors. Titled, “Akihabara Majokko Princess,” the short video shows Ms. Dunst (co-star of “Spider-man” and its sequels), donning a blue wig and bright pink skirt, and dancing through the kinetic streets of Akihabara, a crowded shopping district in Tokyo where electronics and video games are sold. Akihabara also plays home to Japan’s “geek culture,” also known as “otaku,” a Japanese term that describes a subset of people with fanatical interests in anime, manga, and video games.

 

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