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Kenjiro Hirose

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Biography

A songwriter at Columbia Records in the 1950s, where one of his friends and collaborators was the moonlighting Toho screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa, Hirose was one of many who made the jump to scoring films. Although pigeonholed in low-budget crime and comedy movies, Hirose shortly made a name for himself as the composer-songwriter-hitmaker for the first movies in the Young Guy (Wakadaisho) series. His reputation as a hitmaker also promoted Daiei to hire him to score Gamera vs. Viras (Gamera tai Uchu kaiju Bairasu, 1968), which required a theme song. Read more...

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