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Was born on 18th November of 1950, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He is a critically acclaimed writer and director of Japanese animation.

After his graduation from from Yokohama High School in 1968 he began working for a few years as an animator at Mushi Production Animation 1972. He then co-founded Madhouse and in the 1970s was promoted to Animation Director and debuted as a film director with 1984’s “Lensman”, directing together with the more experienced Kazuyuki Hirokawa. Kawajiri also did the character design along with Kazuo Tomizawa.


He gained an interest in darker animation, so he next directed “The Running Man”. Afterwards, he was instructed to make a 35 minute short film based on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s novels, which was released as “Wicked City”. After completing it, his producers were so impressed, he was asked to make it feature length. Kawajiri enjoyed the dark tone so much he agreed and managed to complete the entire film in under a year.

After “Wicked City” received such acute and commercial success when released in 1987, Kawajiri gained a lot more freedom and began scripting and designing his own film set in feudal Japan, which was released as “Ninja Scroll”, about the Japanese folk hero Jubei Yagyu. After the western release in 1996, Kawajiri’s status as a director received international recognition and was asked in 2002 to direct a segment of “The Animatrix”, titled “Program”, considered one of the best directors Japanese animation has to offer. Before “The Animatrix”, he also directed “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust” which was based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi.


In 2003, he created “Ninja Scroll” tv series and his last work was “Btooom!” in 2012 working on the storyboard.