BIOGRAPHY

  • Albums:
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Jet Li's Fearless
  • Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Film Music Credits:
  • Like The Wind (2013)
  • My Atomic Aunt (2013)
  • The Grandmaster (2013)
  • Black Dawn (2012)
  • Nightfall (2012)
  • Dust in the Wind (2011)
  • Fuyu no hi (2011)
  • Days of Grace (2011)
  • Hong Kong Paradise (1990)
  • Trishna (2011)
  • True Legend (2010)
  • The Everlasting Flame: Beijing 2008 (2009)
  • Murderer (2009)
  • The Real Shaolin (2008)
  • Zhu meng (2008)
  • Carlston za Ognjenku (2008)
  • Absurdistan (2008)
  • Incendiary (2008)
  • Hannibal Rising (2007)
  • Mare Nero (2006)
  • Daisy (2006)
  • Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
  • Fearless (2006)
  • Miyabi Yukio Mishima (2005)
  • Hibi (2005)
  • 2046 (2004)
  • House of Flying Daggers (2004)
  • Floating Landscape (2003)
  • Onmyoji 2 (2003)
  • Noh-Gakushi (2003)
  • Zhou Yu's Train (2002)
  • Onmyoji (2001)
  • Hikari no ame (2001)
  • Midnight Fly (2001)
  • In the Mood for Love (2000)
  • Shojo an adolescent (2001)
  • Gong yuan 2000 AD (2000)
  • Beru epokku (1998)
  • Sleepless Town (1998)
  • Option Zero (1997)
  • Watashitachi ga suki datta koto (1997)
  • Isana no umi (1997)
  • Ichigo domei (1997)
  • Shin izakaya yurei (1996)
  • Hashirana Akan Yoake made (1996)
  • The Christ of Nanjing (1995)
  • Kitanai yatsu (1995)
  • Boxer Joe (1995)
  • Zero Woman (1995)
  • Natural Woman (1994)
  • Izakaya yurei (1994)
  • Kaze wa dotchi ni fuite iru? (1994)
  • Yoi ko to asobo (1994)
  • Tokarefu (1994)
  • Nemuranai machi - Shinjuku same (1993)
  • Yamai wa kikara: Byôin e ikô 2 (1992)
  • Arifureta ai ni kansuru chôsa (1992)
  • Goaisatsu (1991)
  • Ote (1991)
  • Yumeji (1991)
  • Tekken (1990)
  • Hong Kong Paradise (1990)
  • Kanashi iro yanen (1988)
  • Kyofu-no yacchan (1987)
  • Shinshi domei (1986)
  • The Mercenaries (1986)
  • Sorekara (And Then) (1985)
  • Tomo yo Shizukani Nemure (1985)
  • Itsuka Darekaga Korosareru (1984)
  • Awards:
  • Ariel Award for Best Original Score
  • Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Score
  • Golden Horse Award for Best Original Film Score
  • Nominations:
  • Japan Academy Prize for OutstandingAchievement in Music

Shigeru Umebayashi (aka Ume) was born in Kitakyushu Japan.

He started composing film music in 1984 and his talent was immediately recognized in 1985, when the music he composed for the Japanese film production Sorekara (And Then) won several film music awards. He has since scored more than 30 Japanese Films.

Ume is also an internationally renowned film composer, best known for creating ‘Yumeji's Theme’ in Wong Kar-Wai's film In The Mood for Love as well as collaborating with Wong Kar-Wai on 2046. He was the music producer and composer for Zhang Yimou's films House of Flying Daggers and Curse of The Golden Flower and composed the end-title song ‘Lovers’ for the soprano Kathleen Battle.

Ume has proven his versatility in world cinema, working with such directors as Hong Kong's Ronny Yu for Jet Li's Fearless, Italy's Roberta Torre for Mare nero (Dark Sea), Serbia's Uros Stojanovic for Tears for Sale, England's Peter Webber for Hannibal Rising, Germany's Veit Helmer for Absurdistan and British director Sharon Maguire for Incendiary, starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor.

He also contributed music to A Single Man, directed by Tom Ford (2009); Dias de gracia (Days of Grace) directed by Everardo Gout, winning the Mexican Academy Ariel Awards Best Score in 2012; Trishna, directed by Michael Winterbottom (2011); The Grandmaster, directed by Wong Kar-Wai (2013) winning jointly with French composer Nathaniel Mechaly the 2014 Best Composer Award at the 8th Asian Film Awards and 2014 Best Composer Award at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards; and Come il vento (Like the Wind) directed Marco Simon Puccioni (2013).

Ume composed the music for the official documentary film of the Beijing Olympics The Everlasting Flame : Beijing 2008, winning many international awards.

Since 2010 Ume has started to present his film music in concert at European festivals and concert halls.


Shigeru Umebayashi