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A Japanese composer, the leader of EX – a Japanese rock band popular during the Japanese New Wave period.After the dissolution of EX in 1984, Umebayashi began his carrier as a film music composer. He wrote music for over 40 Chinese and Japanese motion pictures. His debut in 1985 was music for films of Sorekar (And Then) andTomoyo Shizukani Nemure that brought him many prestigious music awards at renowned Japanese festivals (the Mainichi competition, Japan Academic Award, Yokohama Film Festival). His international popularity started after 1995, when he created music for The Christ of Nanjing. However, one of the most well-known works of Ume is the music composed for Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love, and the soundtrack for the futuristic motion picture of the same writer and director: 2046, highly appraised by international critics at Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Umebayashi’s position as the leading composer of the Land of the Rising Sun is also based on his cooperation with Zhang Yimou. He composed music and acted as musical director in such productions of the famous Chinese as House of Flying daggers and The Curse of Golden Flower. Umebayashi composes not only for Asian productions. He also created the soundtrack forHannibal Rising, directed by Peter Webber. In 2007, he was the producer and composer for Absurdistan (Veit Helmer – Germany), Čarlston za Ognjenku – Tears for Sale (Uros Stojanovic – Serbia) and Incendiary – Blown Apart (Sharon Maquire - UK). He also composed music for the official document describing Beijing Olympic Games The Everlasting Flame: Beijing 2008. The latest achievement of Umebayashi is, in cooperation with Abel Korzeniowski, composing music for the film of Tom Ford, the famous Gucci fashion house director – A Single Man.