Ryū Murakami


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in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan
February 19, 1952

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Ryū Murakami (村上 龍) is a Japanese novelist and filmmaker. He is not related to Haruki Murakami or Takashi Murakami.

Murakami's first work, the short novel Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, deals with promiscuity and drug use among disaffected Japanese youth. Critically acclaimed as a new style of literature, it won the newcomer's literature prize in 1976 despite some observers decrying it as decadent. Later the same year, Blue won the Akutagawa Prize, going on to become a best seller. In 1980, Murakami published the much longer novel Coin Locker Babies, again to critical acclaim.

Takashi Miike's feature film Audition (1999) was based on one of his novels. Murakami reportedly liked it so much he gave Miike his bles
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Average rating: 3.58 · 41,198 ratings · 3,365 reviews · 113 distinct worksSimilar authors
In the Miso Soup

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3.61 avg rating — 13,210 ratings — published 1997 — 40 editions
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Coin Locker Babies

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3.81 avg rating — 5,368 ratings — published 1980 — 28 editions
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Almost Transparent Blue

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3.31 avg rating — 6,023 ratings — published 1976 — 38 editions
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Piercing

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3.59 avg rating — 4,917 ratings — published 1994 — 27 editions
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Audition

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3.52 avg rating — 5,129 ratings — published 1997 — 16 editions
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3.64 avg rating — 2,472 ratings — published 1987 — 22 editions
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Popular Hits of the Showa Era

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3.60 avg rating — 1,351 ratings — published 1994 — 10 editions
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Ecstasy

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3.42 avg rating — 505 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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From the Fatherland, with Love

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3.78 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 1995 — 9 editions
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“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
Ryū Murakami, Coin Locker Babies

“People who love horror films are people with boring lives... when a really scary movie is over, you're reassured to see that you're still alive and the world still exists as it did before. That's the real reason we have horror films - they act as shock absorbers - and if they disappeared altogether, I bet you'd see a big leap in the number of serial killers. After all, anyone stupid enough to get the idea of murdering people from a movie could get the same idea from watching the news.”
Ryū Murakami, In the Miso Soup

“Everybody wants to talk about themselves, and everybody wants to hear everybody else's story, so we take turns playing reporter and celebrity.”
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