Masamichi Amano  Masamichi Amano (天野正道)
  Composer
  Date of birth:
  January 26th, 1957
  Akita, Japan
   
   
   
Composer Filmography

Biography

Best known for his work on the Battle Royale series, Masamichi Amano started his musical career at an early age by studying classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and folk music during his time at the South Akita High School. Realizing this to be his passion, Amano attended the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo in their composer department. He was awarded the Takeoka Prize at age 23 in 1980 for his work and graduated two years later in 1982.

Fresh out of college, Amano began his film work. Although he had very little direct involvement with Toho, one of his earliest projects was distributed by the company: Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You (1983). The 1983 animated film was actually done by a collective of composers, and Amano's work on the film only accounts for 11 of the 48 total cues. While his early work was very contemporary, using heavy synthesizers, the composer's true devotion was for large scale orchestration. He got his wish after being given the chance to use Poland's Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra that was used in films such as the early Giant Robo entries.

By the time he came to work at Toho for their animated adaptation of Atragon (1963), dubbed Super Atragon (1995), Amano was already well versed with the Polish orchestra. However, the subject had started to become a point of contention as he was confronted in interviews for his practice, accused of outsourcing to save money as flying to Poland and using their larger orchestra was still much cheaper than using one in Japan. Although he always apologized when the topic came up, he never really defended the practice like his other contemporaries who did similar things, such as Michiru Oshima for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003). Despite this, Amano's work during this era was dominated by his collaborations with the Polish's orchestra, far more than other composers in the country who would occasionally seek orchestras outside Japan.

Although Amano never did another Toho film again, his work and genres were well spread, also doing the scores for the Nintendo 64 game Quest 64, the Nintendo Wii game Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and had his music from Battle Royale sampled and used for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.


Composer Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1983 Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You Distributed
1995 Super Atragon Produced