Birth:Nov 18, 1950
Hometown:Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/yoshikawajiri Wiki jphttps://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/E5B79DE5B0BBE59684E698AD Wiki enhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YoshiakiKawajiri Yoshiaki Kawajiri is an estemeed director and general anime creator. After he graduated from high school in 1968 he worked as an animator at Mushi Productionhttps://anilist.co/studio/68/ until it closed. He then founded Madhousehttps://anilist.co/studio/11/ together with fellow former Mushi Pro employees Masao Maruyamahttps://anilist.co/staff/103170/ Osamu Dezakihttps://anilist.co/staff/100393/ and Rintarouhttps://anilist.co/staff/102305/. At Madhouse he debuted as a director on 1984s Lensmanhttps://anilist.co/anime/2770/ albeit still jointly with the more experienced Kazunori Hirokawahttps://anilist.co/staff/170070/. Kawajiri made his fullfledged directorial debuts in 1987 with Wicked Cityhttps://anilist.co/anime/1107/ and Running Man the latter being a short film a part of an anthology collection Neo Tokyohttps://anilist.co/anime/1951/. Wicked City was originally meant to be a short film as well but the producers were impressed enough in Kawajiri to let him turn it into a featurelength film. After these Kawajiri directed the third installmenthttps://anilist.co/anime/2998/ of Madhouses adaptations of the highly acclaimed Osamu Tezukahttps://anilist.co/staff/96938/ manga series Phoenixhttps://anilist.co/manga/31325/. Wicked City received critical and commercial success upon its release giving Kawajiri more creative freedom. As a result of this he began writing the script for his own original film Ninja Scrollhttps://anilist.co/anime/617/ a movie set in feudal Japan following a mercenary swordsman battling a team of ninjas with supernatural powers who are intent on overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate. After the movies international release Kawajiris status as a director received global recognition and he went on to direct multiple other works in the late 90s and early 00s. In recent years Kawajiri has taken a step back from directing but has been guest appearing as a storyboard artist all over the industry.