Kenji Kawai (川井 憲次), born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, is a Japanese music composer, for motion pictures, anime movies, video games and televised programs. He has contributed to the musical scores for numerous films from Japan and other countries in Asia, working in film genres as diverse as anime, horror, sci-fi and historical epic. Among his credits are Tsui Hark’s The Seven Swords and Wilson Yip’s Ip Man; Mamoru Oshii’s films The Red Spectacles, StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Police Patlabor and Avalon; the anime adaptations of Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku; the live-action adaptation of Gantz; and Hideo Nakata’s films Ring, Ring 2, Chaos, Dark Water and Kaidan.
After dropping out of a nuclear engineering program at Tokai University, Kenji Kawai began studying music at Shobi Music Academy. However, he dropped out after half a year. With a few friends, he created the band Muse, playing fusion rock and participating in music… read more