© 2001 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Super Express 109|
|Japanese Title||Shinkansen daibakuha|
|Movie also known as:||Bullet Train|
|CD Label||VAP Inc. Records|
|Music by:||Aoyama Hachiro|
|Number of tracks||41|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1996|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1975|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||N/A|
Listening to this CD I found the music to be a mixed bag. The movie itself from what little information was available seems to be your typical 70's disaster movie. In fact the plot sounds very similar to a popular US movie from not long ago.
Here's the plot for the movie:
One of the Japanese Shinkansen "Bullet Trains" is threatened with a bomb that will explode automatically if the train slows below 80 km/h, unless a ransom is paid. Police race to find the bombers and to learn how to defuse the bomb.
How does the CD sound? Well, as I said it's a mixed bag. Most of it sounds like 70's TV music. One of the tracks sounds a little like it was based on Kraftwerk's "Pocket Calculator" with a 70's funk track behind it. I found no really outstanding tracks on this CD. In fact some of the tunes were down right annoying. Unless you're a fan of 70's TV funk music, passing on this CD wouldn't be a bad idea. Maybe I couldn't find composer credits for this thing because nobody wanted their name associated with it.
English Title: Super Express 109 (aka BULLET TRAIN) Japanese Title: Shinkansen daibakuha Translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates 1975, dir Sato Junya, str Takakura Ken, Sonny Chiba, Tamba Tetsuro, Yamamoto Rei, Shimura Takeshi, Utsui Ken Music by Aoyama Hachiro 1. Prologue: Dawn (B-Mix) 2. Beginning of the Long First Day (M-2) 3. Okitaís Memory (Enter Memory T-1) 4. Action Begins (EX-2) 5. Main Title (A-Mix) 6. Inspiration (M-6) 7. The Phone Bomb is Real! (M-7) 8. Order of a Series of Train Suspensions (M-8T-2) 9. Car Malfunction Occurs (M-9) 10. Suspense (M-19) 11. Okitaís Request (M-11) 12. Ease the Jam (M-12) 13. Freight Blast Suspect ~ Koga Masaru (M-13A) 14. Haneda Airport Domestic Flights Arrival Lobby (M-14) 15. The 109, Passing Nagoya Station (M-16) 16. Event: Announcement in Car (M-15) 17. Okitaís Downward Instruction (M-17) 18. Gold Bullion Heist Begins (M-EX Extra) 19. Okiís Situation (M-20) 20. Nameless Peopleís Wailing (M-33) 21. Bomberís Death Report (M-24) 22. Koga Discovery, Daylight Chase (M-25) 23. See It All in a Dream ( Scat Style?) 24. The End of a Small Life (M-29-2) 25. Discovery of Criminal Hideout (M-30) 26. Purpose ~ Okita & Koga (M-30A) 27. Discouragement & Hope (M-29) 28. Plan Burned (M-31A) 29. Memory ~ Okita & Koga Meet (EX-2T-1: M-15ís Violin) 30. Suicide Bomb ~ Kogaís Last Moments (M-28) 31. Passport Wrapped in Fire (Scat) 32. Cut Off ~ Bent (?) Desire (M-38) 33. 2nd Day Photography of Cars (M-39) 34. Search for Takeda Shunsuke! (M-40) 35. Lies & Truth (M-44) 36. Okita, Appearance in Haneda (M-45) 37. Okitaís Misjudgment (M-46) 38. Ending Titles (B-Mix) BONUS TRACKS 39. Passport to Escape 40. Super Express 109 41. B-Mix: Original Version