Hiro Murai

Hiro Murai
Born
1983 (age 35–36)

ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materhiromurai.com

Hiro Murai (born 1983)[1] is a Japanese-born American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His most notable works include internationally successful music videos for artists such as Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, Chet Faker, Flying Lotus, David Guetta, St. Vincent, The Shins, The Fray, Bloc Party and Queens of the Stone Age.[2] In 2013, he directed the short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons,[3][4] a companion piece for Childish Gambino's second studio album, Because the Internet, and its attached screenplay. In the same year, he created a multi-panel video set for Frank Ocean's performance at the Grammys.[5][6]

In 2016, he directed several episodes of the comedy-drama Atlanta, collaborating again with Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.[7] For his work on the show, he has received three nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.[8] In the same year, he directed a Nike campaign starring Chance The Rapper.[9]

On February 10, 2019, the music video for Childish Gambino's "This Is America", directed by Murai, won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

In November 2018, the trailer for his debut feature film Guava Island starring Donald Glover and Rihanna premiered at the Pharos Festival in New Zealand as he collaborated with Donald Glover once again.[10] Guava Island was released on April 13, 2019, by Amazon Studios through Amazon Prime Video. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on reviews from 26 critics, with an average rating of 6.46/10.[11] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 6 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[12]

Early life and education

Murai was born to Japanese popular music composer Kunihiko Murai (ja:村井邦彦).[1] He moved to Los Angeles when he was nine years old and later graduated with a degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[11]

After graduation, Murai turned to freelance work as the director of photography for numerous music videos, as well as VFX and storyboarding, most notably for Ace Norton. After some time Murai began to direct low budget films.

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