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Coin Locker Babies [Ryu Murakami, Stephen Snyder] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A surreal coming-of-age tale that establishes Ryu. Coin Locker Babies is Ryu Murakami’s cult cyperpunk novel. Two babies are left in a Tokyo station coin locker and survive against the odds, but. Ryu Murakami is known for the sex-drugs-and-violence style of his fiction and ” Coin Locker Babies” has it all. Coin Locker Babies.

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A Bildungsroman novel, Coin Locker Babies is known for transcending genres, containing elements of social commentary, surrealism, dark comedy, philosophy, noir and horror.

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It is the surreal story of two boys, Hashi and Kiku, who were both abandoned by their mothers during infancy and locked in coin lockers at a Tokyo train station in the summer of Both boys become wards of the Cherryfield Orphanage in Yokohamawhere the tough and athletic Kiku comes to the defense of the slight, and often picked on, Hashi. They both experience difficulties, and are given mental treatment involving playing the sound of an in utero heartbeat to them, a sound coln will later search for after having forgotten it.

They are adopted by foster parents, the Kuwayamas the wife is Zainichi Korean who live on an mueakami off Kyushu.


At the age of 16 both find themselves in a diseased urban wasteland in Tokyo named Toxitown. Hashi, whose voice has a profound effect on those who hear it, becomes a bisexual rock star, employed by an eccentric producer named D.

Hashi falls in love with his female manager Neva and they marry. Kiku becomes a pole vaulter and with his girlfriend Anemone, a model who has converted her condo into a swamp for her crocodile, searches for a substance named DATURA in order to take his revenge upon the city of Tokyo and destroy it.

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Along the way, however, in a search for Hashi’s real mother, D finds a woman and arranges a meeting with Hashi on live television. Kiku watches and sees Babiez break down, and goes to help, but ends up shooting the woman, who is actually his own mother.

He is sentenced to five years in prison. While Kiku is in prison, Hashi’s music career grows, but he starts going mad from the stress, eventually trying to kill Neva to try and hear the sound he heard as a child.


While in prison, Kiku embarks on a naval training ship, which is caught up in a storm and has to put in to land. Here, he and some other prisoners, Hayashi and Nakakura, make an escape and are picked up by Anenome.

The book ends with a scene of Hashi, now in a mental hospital, escaping to find the city destroyed.


He takes in some DATURA and has an urge to destroy a woman he sees nearby, grabbing her by the mouth and trying to rip her apart, when he realises that she is his mother.

A film version began development inwith a screenplay by Sean Lennon to be directed by Michele Civetta. In it was reported to be in development again with the same script and director, now starring Vincent GalloLiv TylerArgento and Lennon. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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