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‘Twin Peaks’ to Akira Kurosawa: How FX’s Most In-Demand Director Learned His Visual Storytelling Style

‘Twin Peaks’ to Akira Kurosawa: How FX’s Most In-Demand Director Learned His Visual Storytelling Style

Hiro Murai comes from the world of music videos, which gave him experience in creating stylized visuals. Now, as a key director in television, that background has helped inform his work on shows like FX’s comedy “Atlanta,” which includes surreal moments woven into the narrative, and the trippy Marvel series “Legion.”

“I think you get a really good grasp of the visual language of film,” Murai said of music videos. “The downside is not working with dialogue or actors as much. But you learn how to tell simple stories visually very quickly.”

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Murai moved to the United States from Japan around age nine and learned some of the English language and American cultural cues from watching “The Simpsons.” In middle school, he started shooting small projects on handicam, and by college he landed his first paid gig,

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