© 2000 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||The Shintaro Katsu Collection|
|Japanese Title:||Katsu Shintaro Korekushon|
|CD Label:||King Records|
|CD Number:||KICA 3028 & 3029|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube & others|
|Number of tracks:||Disc 1 - 49|
Disc 2 - 42
|Running time:||Disc 1 - 75:34|
Disc 2 - 73:30
|Number of discs:||2|
|Year of release/manufacture:||1998|
May 8, 2000
Based on the music and pictures in the accompanying booklet, it would seem the music on these two discs are from Shintaro Katsu's Non-Zatoichi films.
Shintaro Katsu was born as Toshio Okumura on Nov. 29, 1931 and died of throat cancer on June 21, 1997. The IMdB lists him as starring in and/or producing 37 movies. He is most often known for his portrayal of blind swordsman Zatoichi in many popular Japanese films. His first movie is listed as the 1961 "Akumyo (Tough Guy) and his last is listed as the 1990 "Kujaku o Ashura desetsu (Saga Of The Phoenix)". He is also sometimes known as Katsumaru Kineya.
Disc 1 starts off with the sound of sword fighting and then moves into a traditional Japanese sound. The track also includes some dialogue. Track #2 is mostly dialogue with a male vocal singing traditional Japanese music. Track #4 is very non Ifukube like and features a jazz sound to it. Track #10 features a lot of heavy drumming. This disc is a very good mix of traditional, jazz, mystery and suspense tunes done in a wide variety of styles and tempos. Track # 50 is a very catchy male vocal track. Nothing boring about this CD and no repeated music.
Disc 2 starts off with several fast paced very jazz flavored tunes. Track # 11 sounds like a variation of music heard in some Godzilla movies. It's a nice, fast paced, up tempo variation. This disc is a real good mix of mostly mid and up tempo tunes with a few slow paced tunes scattered throughout. The first third of the disc has a definite jazz flavor to it. Later on we get some marches and suspenseful music along with a few other styles.
This 2 CD set turned out to be a good find and a great listening experience. Both discs on this CD are good but I preferred the contents of disc 2 slightly more. If you're an Ifukube fan, this and the three volumes of "Zatoichi" film music are worth adding to your collection if you can find them. They are quite different from the Godzilla films but done in the same styles we love.
English Title: The Shintaro Katsu Collection Japanese Title: Katsu Shintaro Korekushon Disc-1 From "The Akumyo Series" 1. The Akumyo Theme Song 2. Akumyo (The Kawauchi Chorus, Song by Shintaro Katsu) From "Number One Bad Man" (1963) *1