Hiro Murai

So much of art-making is figuring out where you end—and where the rest of the world begins. I never really understood why we were making things; you’re just kind of following a compulsion. But I’m starting to see a purpose for the hardship.”

-Hiro Murai, episode 290 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Today, we’re joined by director Hiro Murai! With the return of Atlanta (5:06), we discuss the homecoming of this final season (7:14), Murai’s connection to the character Earn (10:04), the influence of Hayao Miyazaki (14:09), immigrating from Tokyo to Los Angeles at age 9 (17:12), and his search for an artistic identity between these two worlds (20:38).

After the break, how the Coen Brothers and Takeshi Kitano shaped his early work (22:41), including music videos (25:12) for Earl Sweatshirt (27:32), Frank Ocean (30:19), and Childish Gambino (33:08). To close, we sit with a scene from Atlanta’s season premiere (35:27), the kind of work Hiro hopes to make in the years ahead (38:37), and a mission statement from author George Saunders (44:12).

Original illustration by Krishna ShenoiReference image by David Altobelli.

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