2007 Lawrence Tuczynski

All info for this CD courtesy of Robert Storch

Title: Abduction
CD Label: Nippon Columbia Co., LTD.
CD Number: COCA-14316
Music by: Takayuki Hattori
Number of tracks: 20
Running time: 56:34
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: June 21, 1997


October 22, 2007
Review courtesy of Robert Storch

This is the soundtrack to a 1997 Toho film which has yet to be released on R2 DVD in Japan as of this writing. The score is composed by Takayuki Hattori, who also scored 1994's GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA and 1999's GODZILLA 2000: MILLENNIUM. I have never seen the film ABDUCTION, but it appears to be some type of suspense-thriller-drama which apparently involves kidnapping.

As for the music, this soundtrack turned out to be my personal favorite film score from Takayuki Hattori, as it makes for a very enjoyable stand alone listen. There is a nice mix of beautiful themes and a couple of military marches which are extremely catchy. Some of the music has what I call "Hattori's signature style" which was first heard on "SpaceGodzilla", and you will definitely hear a few things on this CD which will remind you of that score.

I personally find Hattori's soundtrack work from the 1990's to be some of my favorites - I enjoy that catchy, signature style he created for his Godzilla scores, and surprisingly, this early orchestral style can be found on a few of his other soundtracks from that decade. The music for ABDUCTION is without a doubt one of his stronger efforts and worth owning if you can find it. As of now, it is out of print and difficult to locate, but not impossible.

English translated titles courtesy of Anthony Romero at Toho Kingdom http://www.tohokingdom.com/.

  1. Abduction Prologue
  2. Ransom
  3. The Encounter
  4. An Unprecedented Demand
  5. The Missing Partner
  6. The Beginning
  7. The Significance of 26 Years Ago
  8. A Somber Motive
  9. The Facts Explained
  10. Vision
  11. Open Homicide
  12. 5 Minute Opening
  13. Perjury
  14. The Secret Decision
  15. The Sad History
  16. The Mystery that Remains
  17. Every Mission
  18. The Astonishing Truth
  19. The Decision is Revealed
  20. Abduction End Title