JAMES J. MURAKAMI (Production Designer) was the production designer on Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed World War II drama Letters From Iwo Jima. He had previously collaborated with Eastwood’s longtime production designer Henry Bumstead, first as a set designer on Unforgiven and later as an art director on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. He most recently designed Rails & Ties for director Alison Eastwood.
In 2005, Murakami won an Emmy Award for his work as an art director on the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood. He had earned his first Emmy Award nomination for his art direction on the series western the year prior.
Murakami’s many feature film credits as an art director include the Tony Scott films Enemy of the State, Crimson Tide, True Romance and Beverly Hills Cop II; David Fincher’s The Game; Peter Hyams’ The Relic; Martin Brest’s Midnight Run and Beverly Hills Cop; Barry Levinson’s The Natural (for which he shared an Academy Award® nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration); and John Badham’s WarGames. He has also served as a set designer on such films as The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries, The Postman, Head Above Water, I Love Trouble and Sneakers.