Hiroaki Muragishi passed away in a swimming mishap in a river in the Kouchi prefecture on 13 August 2006.
He was the actor in "Monkey Love". In this short, he was a sad orange simian on a quest to recover his heart, which had been stolen. We never did find out if he accomplished his mission, as his determined little figure vanished into the vastness of winter. All we know is he has a clue in the form of a lighter. "Just remember," the mountain told him. We have a lighter now, too. Its flame flickers on the screen of our minds and in the darkness of theaters where tired souls have always flocked to seek succor, a yellow bauble of warmth against an endless requiem of white.
Royston: what makes you happy?
Hiroaki: When I go to a river near my university, my brother and I used to play there as when we were young.
Royston: what makes you sad?
Hiroaki: When I knew that my love ones is far away from me.
Royston: i'll see you tomorrow...
Hiroaki: OK, see you...
Monkeyboy's Farewell - Hiroaki Muragishi
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