Teruaki “Jimmy” Murakami 1933-2014
Fans of both Roger Corman films and animation also receive sad news as the helmer of the cult classic Battle Beyond The Stars, director and animator Jimmy Murakami, passed away earlier this month with word only reaching us today through Roger Corman himself. Not only did Murakami direct Corman’s delightfully campy answer to Star Wars, but was the un-credited director of the additional footage for Corman’s Humanoids From The Deep when Corman felt that film’s initial cut needed more of the ‘Corman touch’. Murakami was also known for his work as an animator on films such as When The Wind Blows and most recently Christmas Carol: The Movie featuring the voices of Kate Winslet and Nicolas Cage. Murakami, who was also an artist and designer as well, literally worked on films all over the world and will be missed by those fortunate enough to have experienced his talent.