Yoshiaki Kawajiri Poster


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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 18 November 1950Yokohama, Japan

Mini Bio (1)

Graduated from Yokohama High School in 1968. After a few years working as animator at Mushi Production Animation, the company went bankrupt in 1972 and he joined Madhouse Studio. In the 70s he was promoted to animation director and finally debuted as film director in 1984's "SF New Century Lensman", jointly with the more experienced Kazuyuki Hirokawa (Kawajiri also did the character design along with Kazuo Tomizawa). His first film in solitaire (and doing also the animation direction) was "Wicked City" (1987), which confirms his mastery in filmmaking. That same year he began to work for the Original Video Animation market debuting with "The Phoenix". From 1987 he also wrote his own scripts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Caluchanche

Trade Mark (7)

Realistic character animations
Action scenes featuring elaborate choreography and dynamic camera work
High levels of graphic violence and nudity/sex
Female characters in many of his films (particularly Makie in _Wicked City (1987)_ and Kagero in _Ninja Scroll (1993)_) are subjected to horrible abuse, both physical and sexual, which has led to some criticisms of misogyny.
Often uses characters with the ability to use shadows as a weapon.
Often includes ancient old men of small stature who function as a wise old sage
Often includes teams of demons/monsters with their own unique powers

Trivia (4)

Works that he is most proud of are Ninja Scroll, Wicked City and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.
Considered one of the more revolutionary directors in anime history.
Is a fan of '2001: A Space Odyssey', but not other Kubrick films.
One of Kawajiri's favorite directors is John Carpenter.

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