Ryu Murakami (村上 龍 Murakami Ryū?, born February 19, 1952 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese novelist, short story writer, essayist and filmmaker.
Murakami's novels explore human nature through themes of disillusion, drug use, surrealism, murder and war set against the dark backdrop of Japan.
His most well known novels are Almost Transparent Blue, Coin Locker Babies and In the Miso Soup.
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Almost Transparent Blue (1976)
Coin Locker Babies (1980)