NSFW: Kirsten Dunst Is Your Magical Nerd Princess

When Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst showed up in Tokyo's Akihabara wearing a frilly sailor suit, there were those who thought the actress was turning Japanese. She was.

Dunst's cosplaying was part of a collaboration between McG, the director behind Terminator Salvation and Charlie's Angels, and Takashi Murakami, Japan's most famous living artist.

Murakami has made a career out of taking taking otaku tropes and imagery and repacking them as art. Whether it be Louis Vuitton or Kayne West, his collaborations have become increasingly high profile in recent years - though, this is his first teaming with a Hollywood director.

Dressed in an anime-style sailor suit, Dunst prances through Akiba, singing The Vapors' 1980 new wave smash "Turning Japanese", as a magical princess. (Dunst herself is a Sailor Moon fan.) The video, which was shown at the Tate Modern "Pop Life" exhibit last year, features appearances by Murakami and Bape designer Nigo. Try to spot D3 Publisher's hostess simulator Dream Club!

In summer 2009, I was at Murakami's studio Kaikai Kiki to interview one of his artists for my upcoming schoolgirl book, and Murakami's staff was prepping for this shoot. Looks like it turned out swell.

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Comments

    also, considering this song is about jerkin your gherkin there aren't nearly enough upskirt shots

    Gotta love some Artist-Formerly-Known-as-Mary Jane cosplay knickerflashing.

    The thing I love about this video is that it really does cover otaku stereotypes well, like the guys in blue dancing wotagei (otaku dancing used in jpop concerts) etc. This is a genuine tribute, not just a parody taking the piss.

    I probably would've stood there gobbsmacked if I saw Dunst prancing around in that. Then again, if I were standing in Akihabara, I may have been expecting it. If however she were standing in Harajuku, I probably wouldn't have noticed her at all.

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