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List of notable or famous film score composers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top film score composers born in Japan and even some popular film score composers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese film score composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These film score composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known film score composer from Japan is included when available.

People include everything from Yoko Ono to James Iha.

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Akiko Yano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 63 Akiko Yano is a Japanese pop and jazz musician and singer. She was born Akiko Suzuki in Tokyo and raised in Aomori, Aomori, and later began her singing career in the mid-1970s. Her vocals and ...more

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Akira Ifukube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Dec. at 92 (1914-2006) Akira Ifukube was a Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, perhaps best known for his work on the soundtracks of the Godzilla movies by Toho.

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Akira Senju is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Akira Senju age 57 Akira Senju is a Japanese composer, arranger and conductor. Born in Tokyo on October 21, 1960. Senju studied composition at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and received his ...more

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Akira Yamaoka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 50 Akira Yamaoka is a Japanese video game composer, sound designer, sound director, and video game producer who worked for Konami from 1993 until his resignation in 2009. He is best known for ...more

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Aya Koretzky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 35 Aya Koretzky is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, actor, film score composer and production designer.

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C.C. Adcock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 47 C. C. Adcock is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and blues rock musician, noted for his cajun, zydeco, electric blues and swamp pop-influenced sound and for his efforts to preserve and promote ...more

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Chuji Kinoshita is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Chuji Kinoshita age 102 Chuji Kinoshita is a film score composer.

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Eitetsu Hayashi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 66 Eitetsu Hayashi is an acclaimed Japanese musician best known for his solo performance work in taiko. Hayashi joined the group Ondekoza at an early age. Later, after parting from group, helped ...more

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Eriko Sonoda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 37 Eriko Sonoda is a film producer, editor, art director, score composer, director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.

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Fumio Hayasaka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Dec. at 41 (1914-1955) Fumio Hayasaka was a Japanese composer of classical music and film scores.

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Haruna Maemura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Haruna Maemura Haruna Maemura is a film score composer.

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Hattori Katsuhisa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 81 Katsuhisa Hattori is a Japanese classical composer who also writes music for anime movies, TV series and OVAs. Hattori is a respected composer in Japan; his style is classical, although he is ...more

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Hikaru Hayashi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Dec. at 81 (1931-2012) Hikaru Hayashi was a contemporary Japanese composer, pianist and conductor. Born in Tokyo, he was the cousin of flautist Ririko Hayashi. Hayashi entered Tokyo University of the Arts as a ...more

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Ichirō Saitō is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Ichirō Saitō Dec. at 70 (1909-1979) Ichirō Saitō was a Japanese film composer.

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Inamoto Hibiki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 40 Inamoto Hibiki is a film score composer.

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J. A. Seazer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 69 J.A. Seazer is a film score composer.

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James Iha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 50 James Yoshinobu Iha is an American rock musician. He is best known as former guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins and for his electric musical projects of ...more

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Joe Hisaishi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 67 Mamoru Fujisawa, known professionally as Joe Hisaishi, is a composer and musical director known for over 100 film scores and solo albums dating back to 1981. While possessing a stylistically ...more

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John Wooldridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Dec. at 39 (1919-1958) Wing Commander John De Lacy Wooldridge, DSO, DFC and Bar, DFM, was a British film composer.

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Justin Heathcliff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 69 Osamu Kitajima is a musician, music producer and film score composer.

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Kan Ishii is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Dec. at 88 (1921-2009) Kan Ishii was a Japanese composer, and the brother of composer Maki Ishii. His father, Bac Ishii was a prominent Japanese ballet dancer. His Symphonia Ainu won a prize at the 1958 Art Festival, ...more

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Kan Sawada is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Kan Sawada age 49 Kan Sawada is a Japanese composer. Many of his compositions utilize string and brass instruments, particularly the trumpet. In addition to this, his music also uses reed instruments such as the ...more

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Katsu Hoshi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 69 Katsu Hoshi is a composer, guitarist, and arranger.

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Kenji Kawai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 58 Kenji Kawai, born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Tokyo, is a Japanese music composer, for motion pictures, anime movies, video games and televised programs. He has contributed to the ...more

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Kensaku Tanikawa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 58 Kensaku Tanikawa is a film score composer and a pianist.

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Kentarō Haneda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Dec. at 58 (1949-2007) Kentarō Haneda was a Japanese pianist, composer and arranger of popular anime and movies and video game music as well. His popular name was Haneken.

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Kōhei Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 64 Kōhei Tanaka is a Japanese composer. He is affiliated with the music production company Imagine. He has created numerous musical scores for famous anime TV series, OVAs, films, video games and ...more

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Kuniaki Haishima is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Kuniaki Haishima is a Japanese musician and composer.

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Makoto Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 40 Makoto Sakamoto is an actor.

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Masamichi Amano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 61 Masamichi Amano is a Japanese music composer, arranger and conductor. He studied at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and graduated in 1982. His orchestral works include the musical scores ...more

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Masaru Satoh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Masaru Satoh Dec. at 71 (1928-1999) Masaru Sato (佐藤 勝, Satō Masaru, May 29, 1928 – December 5, 1999) was a Japanese composer of film...

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Masashi Sada is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 65 Masahi Sada is a singer-songwriter.

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Masayuki Kusumi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 59 Masayuki Kusumi is an actor, film score composer and a screenwriter.

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Michael A. Levine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 54 Michael A. Levine born 20 February 1964 in Tokyo, Japan is an American composer and music producer currently based in Los Angeles. He is best known for his work in film and television.

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Michiaki Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Michiaki Watanabe age 92 Michiaki Watanabe is a film score composer and musician.

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Michio Mamiya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Michio Mamiya age 88 Michio Mamiya is a film score composer.

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Miho Nomura is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Miho Nomura age 41 Miho Nomura is a film score composer.

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Naoki Sato is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 47 Naoki Satō is a Japanese composer and producer who has provided the music for several popular anime series. He was born on May 2, 1970 and graduated in Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo College of ...more

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Osamu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Osamu Sakaguchi

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Rei Harakami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Rei Harakami Dec. at 41 (1970-2011) Rei Harakami was a Kyoto-based electronic musician from Hiroshima, Japan. He composed and mixed on two Roland SC-88Pro sound generators, at times supplemented by the Roland SK-88Pro keyboard ...more

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Reijiro Koroku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Reijiro Koroku age 68 Reijiro Koroku is a film score composer.

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Riichiro Manabe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Riichiro Manabe age 93 Riichirō Manabe was a Japanese composer who wrote the scores for numerous science fiction, horror, and kaiju films from 1956 to 1979. Among fans of these genre films, his music has gained a ...more

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Ryoichi Hattori is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Ryoichi Hattori Dec. at 86 (1907-1993) Ryōichi Hattori was a Japanese pop and jazz composer. Katsuhisa Hattori is his son. He had a great influence on Japanese pop and was awarded the People's Honor Award. Japanese jazz was ...more

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 66 Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, activist, composer, record producer, writer, singer, pianist, and actor based in Tokyo and New York. Gaining major success in 1978 as a member of the ...more

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Sadao Bekku is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Sadao Bekku Dec. at 90 (1922-2012) Sadao Bekku, was a Japanese classical composer. His works include five symphonies, film scores, a flute sonata, a piano concerto, choral work and art songs, and the opera, Prince Arima. His work ...more

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Saegusa Shigeaki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 75 Shigeaki Saegusa is a Japanese composer.

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Satoru Kōsaki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Satoru Kōsaki age 43 Satoru Kōsaki is a Japanese music composer. He has composed the scores and music to vocal songs from anime series including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star.

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Shigeru Umebayashi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 67 Shigeru Umebayashi is a Japanese composer. Once the leader of Japan's new wave rock band EX, composer Shigeru Umebayashi began scoring films in 1985 when the band broke up. He has more than 40 ...more

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Shin-ichiro Ikebe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
age 74 Shin’ichirō Ikebe is a Japanese composer of contemporary classical music. He has written the scores for many films by Akira Kurosawa and other Japanese film directors, including Kagemusha, ...more

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Shinichi Tanabe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from Japan
Shinichi Tanabe Shinichi Tanabe is a film score composer.