© 2001 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||The Last War|
|Japanese Title||Sekai daisenso|
|Movie also known as:||The Great World War|
|Composed and Arranged by:||Ikuma Dan|
|Number of tracks||42|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1991|
|Year of movie release||1961 (Japan)|
June 16, 2001
This is a great sounding CD from composer Ikuma Dan. It's a good mix of slow, sweet tunes and action oriented pieces. The whole CD was a pleasant listening experience. Some of the slower tunes remind you of pastoral settings, young love, etc. The action tunes will have you on the edge of your seat. Track 17 reminded me in parts of music heard in "RAN" with it's haunting music.
July 1, 2001 Additional info on the movie courtesy of Jim Walsh
"The Last War" was released by Brenco in the US (the company that released GORATH here), according to JAPANESE FANTASY FILM JOURNAL. I had seen "The Last War" on tv, and it was available for video rental to cash in on "THE DAY AFTER". I found "The Last War" to be more moving than "THE DAY AFTER" - even the US version which had some awkward dubbing and shuffled scenes.
Two comments about "The Last War":
IN the US release, they substituted the shmaltzy Disney song "It's a Small World" for the Japanese kid's song... But in my opinion - this works VERY well. I'm not very big on Disney, but the kids singing "It's a Small World" is both a plea for peace - and an ominous warning... "The Last War" shows the cold war tensions from the point of view of an innocent, helpless nation (Japan) caught in the middle of two superpowers. The ending is very draining and sad, without a shred of hope.
"The Last War" can often be found on eBay. Usually the video cover is silver and shows a nicely painted eagle and bear snarling at each other, while a missile is shown launching in the background.
English Title: The Last War (aka THE GREAT WORLD WAR)