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East Meets West: Kirsten Dunst, Murakami & McG

Kirsten Dunst, the Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami collaborates with Hollywood director McG for a short film.

In 2010 London’s Tate Modern museum exhibition “Pop Life: Art in a Material World”, featured 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,” is ten years after, one of my very beloved music videos. The 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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