Kenji Kawai

Kenji Kawai in 2007 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 ''Seven Swords'' and ''Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon''; 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''.

He was born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan.