© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||The Human Vapor|
|Japanese Title||Gasu ningen daiichigo|
|Movie also known as:||The First Gas Human|
|CD Label||SLCS Japan|
|Music by:||Kunio Miyauchi|
|Number of tracks||36|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1995|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1960|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||1964|
Just relistened to this CD so thought it would be a good time to add a review.
Hmmm...Where to start. This CD is a good stand alone listening experience but there is such a wide mix of musical styles in these tracks that it is really hard to describe. First of all I have never had the opportunity to see this movie. However with what I've read about the movie it would seem that the music here probably suits the movie very well.
There are 36 tracks here and almost that many styles of music. Some of the tracks sound as if they belong in a 50's TV action show like the U.S. Superman TV shows. There are some tracks that sound like they are Jazz influenced and others that sound like night club Big Band music. We also get some music that sounds as if it was inspired by Bernard Herrmann's music for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". On top of that we have several tracks that sound like old, traditional Japanese tunes that reminded me of the music in Akira Kurosawa's "Ran". See, I told you this would be hard to describe. With all these different styles the CD still comes off as a very listenable and enjoyable CD. It's very difficult to find this CD but if you run across it you might want to pick it up. It definitely has a different feel and style than Akira Ifukube's Godzilla music, but different in a good way.
3 title translations updated courtesy of August Ragone - 10-21-99 U.S. Title: The Human Vapor Japanese Title: Gasu ningen daiichigo 1 Main Title 2 In Pursuit Along the Itsukaichi Highway 3 The Beauty with the Devil's Mask 4 Dragon (1) 5 Stark Terror at the Mikuni Bank 6 Crime Wave 7 Solo Investigation 8 The Shadow 9 Fujichiyo's Secret 10 The Kyodo Bank 11 Concentration of Incidents 12 Dragon (2) 13 House Search 14 The Man Who Turned Himself In 15 The Appearance of the Human Vapor 16 The Human Vapor's Declaration 17 Horror of the Human Vapor (1) 18 Fujichiyo and the Human Vapor (1) 19 Kasuga's Ties (Fujichiyo's last name) 20 The Human Vapor On Its Way 21 Dr. Sano 22 240 Hours 23 The Birth of the Human Vapor 24 Desperation and Hope 25 The Immortal Human Vapor 26 Fujichiyo and the Human Vapor (2) 27 Fujichiyo's Thoughts 28 Demon of Emotion (1) 29 Horror of the Human Vapor (2) 30 The Rules of the Demon of Emotion 31 Demon of Emotion (2) 32 The Moment Approaches 33 Ending 34 Demon of Emotion (1) EX 35 Demon of Emotion (2) EX1 36 Demon of Emotion (2) EX2