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Murai Sadayuki — Screenwriter, “Perfect Blue,” “Steamboy,” and “Millennium Actress”


Murai Sadayuki is the writer behind some of the most astonishing and groundbreaking anime films of all time, including the Hitchcockian Perfect Blue, Otomo’s Akira follow-up Steamboy, and the reality-blurring Millennium Actress. But he’s not done yet: he continues to write for TV series, including Knights of Sidonia, Godzilla, and Sabikui Bisco.

Conducted at THU via a translator, this podcast sees Chris discover the world of Japanese animated movie-making and storytelling. Murai explains the importance of Godzilla, Ultraman, Akira, and WWII in Japanese culture. He also discusses the back-and-forth between Western and Japanese movie-making, and gives us his thoughts on what it means to be a creative person today. 


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0:04:02 Giant lizards and ultra men: What inspired Murai-san

0:08:12 How Japanese entertainment appeals to both kids and adults

0:16:01 The importance of "Akira" and Osamu Tezuka

0:21:19 How Murai-san became a writer

0:23:39 "Perfect Blue," "SteamBoy," and "Millennium Actress"

0:27:12 The stories Murai-san likes to tell

0:29:52 WWII as a source for Japanese story-telling

0:36:55 East and west stories and structures

0:40:43 Why Western takes on Japanese content doesn't work

0:44:26 What it's like to be a creative person today

0:49:13 Are we focused on content or creators? 

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: October 16, 2023.
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