Yang Bang-ean

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yang.
Yang Bang-ean
Kunihiko Ryo from acrofan.jpg
Background information
Born (1960-01-01) January 1, 1960 (age 57)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, record producer, and pianist
Instruments Piano
Website Official website
Yang Bang-ean
Hangul 양방언
Revised Romanization Yang Bang-eon
McCune–Reischauer Yang Pangŏn
Japanese name:
Kunihiko Ryō (?)

Yang Bang-ean (Hangul양방언; Hanja梁邦彦; born 1 January 1960 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese-born Korean composer, arranger, record producer, and pianist. His Japanese name is Kunihiko Ryo.

Early life and beginnings[edit]

Yang Bang-ean was born in Tokyo, Japan as a youngest son of five children from a Zainichi Korean family. His late father (born in Jeju-do, South Korea), worked as a doctor; his mother (born in Sinuiju, North Korea) worked as a nutritionist at a hospital her husband owned. Yang started his early education at the Chōsen School (朝鮮学校, 조선학교), where he finished his primary and secondary education. He then proceeded to a Japanese high school, where he first got interested in foreign pops and rock music while listening to radio, which led to him joining a band. He continued his study at Nippon Medical School. It was the time when he first started playing the keyboard. The band traveled around holding concerts and releasing an album. After his graduation from Nippon Medical, he was appointed as a plastic surgeon in a hospital in Tokyo, but quit shortly after to become a musician.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

His father named him Yang Bang-ean (양방언, 梁邦彦, Japanese name: Kunihiko Ryō), which has three meanings: Yang(梁), the symbol of a family line; Bang (邦), representing many countries, simply his dad's wish him to interact with many people worldwide; and Ean (彦), a common letter in Japanese names to respect Japanese sentiment as the family was living in the country. At the one of interviews in 2007, he stated that the only thing he regretted when he became a successful artist was that his father had to pass away before his success as a musician. Yang Bang-ean had been living with his nationality of North Korea over 30 years. However, he had to give up his citizenship to North Korean in 1999 as it was difficult to work overseas while holding a North Korean citizenship.

Yang Bang-ean first met his wife at the mates' party. He married her when he was in his mid-thirties after being in a relationship for approximately 10 years. He currently lives in Karuizawa, Nagano in order to relax from the busy city life and concentrate more on his music works.


  • (1988–1989) Arranged the music for one of the closing themes of Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop.
  • (1991) Soundtrack to NTV TV-drama "Aisazu ni iranai" starring Eisaku Yoshida.
  • (1992) Co-produced the album Continue the Revolution.
  • (1995) Did the theme song and other music for the Jackie Chan film Thunderbolt (also known as Dead Heat).[1]
  • (October 1995) Produces the theme song Everlasting Truth for TBS TV program Mireba nattoku!.
  • (1995) The theme music for Fist of Fury.[1]
  • (July 28, 1997) Releases his debut album The Gate of Dreams.
  • (September 18, 1997) Releases single, Wings of Mirage, it used as the theme song of the TV Asahi show Super Morning.
  • (1998) Released the second official album Into The Light.
  • (November 19, 1999) Released the third official album Only Heaven Knows.
  • (May 16, 2001) Released the fourth official album Pan-O-Rama.
  • (2002) Released the OST album of The Twelve Kingdoms.
  • (May 27, 2002) Released the piano solo album Piano sketch.
  • (May 14, 2004) Released the fifth official album Echoes.
  • (2004–2005) Arranged the ending theme of Fantastic Children.
  • (October 28, 2005) Released the OST album of Emma - A Victorian Romance.
  • (July 24, 2006) Released the OST album of a KBS documentary KBS 스페셜 도자기.
  • (January 17, 2007) Took part in the OST album of Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox.
  • (March 29, 2007) He composed the music for the live action film Beyond the Years,[2]
  • (August 16, 2007) Released the OST album of Emma - A Victorian Romance: Second Act.
  • (November 16, 2007) Released the OST album of a KBS documentary KBS 스페셜 차마고도.
  • (October 21, 2008) Released the official Aion: The Tower of Eternity original soundtrack featuring 22 tracks. The soundtrack was released on iTunes on October 20, 2009.[3]
  • (October 19, 2009) Released the sixth official album Timeless Story.
  • (2009–2011) Composed the music for the anime series Tegami Bachi.
  • (November 10, 2011) Released the first special album Floating Circle.
  • (2014-2015) Composed the Original Soundtrack and the opening for the TV anime series Akatsuki no Yona.


The book '프런티어, 상상력을 연주하다' written by Yang Bang-ean(Kunihiko Ryo)(http://book.naver.com/bookdb/book_detail.nhn?bid=6342291)

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