2000 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Film Composer Selection
NIKKATSU
CD Label Vap Inc. Japan
CD Number VPCD-81189
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Number of tracks 46
Running time 71:13
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture 1997

REVIEW

March 12, 2000

This CD is a mixed bag of styles. Track #5 sounds like a marching band version of the Godzilla theme. Tracks #7 & #9 sound similar to the scene in the 1954 original where Godzilla is dying from the Oxygen Destroyer. Tracks #8 & #24 are female vocals. Track #10 is jazzy jungle music. Track #11 is a male singing "Nobody Knows My Sorrow" in English. Track #13 is another male vocal sung in Japanese. Track #38 is a male & female chorus number.

There are a lot of short tracks on this CD clocking in at under 1 minute each. Overall this is a nice mix of slow pieces and rousing marches. A few of the tracks have a jazz feel to them and sound more like something Masaru Satoh would do instead of Akira Ifukube.


English Title:	The Complete Collection of Unreleased Soundtracks by Akira Ifukube:
		The Nikkatsu Collection
Japanese Title:	Ifukube Akira Mihappyo Eiga Ongaku Zenshu - Nikkatsu Hen

[The Maid's Child *1]

1.	The Nikkatsu Logo 
2.	Writing Home
3.	Running with the Puppy(ies)
4.	Catching Sparrows
5.	Field Day
6.	Longing to Behold
7.	The Snowstorm
8.	Lullaby
9.	The Day of Parting

[Scoundrels of the Sea *2]

10.	Main Title
11.	Negro Spirituals
12.	Coup d'etat!
13.	Revolutionary Song:  "Burn, Flame, Burn!"

[Tear Down Those Walls *3]

14.	Main Title
15.	Off To See My Lover
16.	Piano Solo
17.	The Trial
18.	Sakiko *4
19.	Shadowed ? The Body of the Victim

[The Imperial Bank - Death Row Prisoner *5]

20.	Visitor of Death
21.	Harrison, the Army Civilian Employee
22.	Delays in the Investigation
23.	Wounded Soldier(s)
24.	The Hirasawa Family
25.	Transporting the Suspect(s) under Escort
26.	The Reporter's Dilemma
27.	Under the Pretext of Flowers... *6
28.	"Extra!  Extra!"
29.	The Judgment
30.	The Interview Room

[The Japanese Archipelago *7]

31.	Akiyama's Duty
32.	The Mystery of the Drowned Body(ies)
33.	Harmonica Solo
34.	Snowy Funeral *8
35.	Dubinoska *9
36.	Screams

[The Burmese Harp]

37.	Main Title
38.	The Traveling Blues
39.	The Scout(s)
40.	Moonlight
41.	The Journey Begins
42.	News of Mizushima
43.	A Meager Dwelling
44.	Cinerarium
45.	The Moon over Araki
46.	Ending

*1  	The IMDb does not offer an English title for this film, 
	the Japanese title of which is "Jochukko".
*2	The IMDb does not offer an English title for this work, 
	the Japanese title of which is "Umi No Yarodomo".
*3	The IMDb does not offer an English title for this work, 
	the Japanese title of which is "Sono Kabe Wo Kudake".
*4	A girl's name.
*5	The IMDb does not offer an English title for this work, 
	the Japanese title of which is "Tegin Jiken Sikeishu".
*6	Or possibly "Placing trust in the flowers".
*7	The IMDb does not offer an English title for this work, 
	the Japanese title of which is "Nihon Retto".
*8	Or possibly, "Yuki's Funeral" (The word 'yuki' means 'snow', 
	but it is also a popular girl's name in Japan)
*9	This is a literal transliteration of the Japanese.