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 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Below is data on the films scored by Takemitsu. The 'columns' of data include title, year, alternate titles (if any), the director, and (sometimes) the film's premiere date (culled from IMDB).
(this does not include TT's music for TV or any other medium)


• Hokusai 1952 (unused)
• Saraiman Mejiro Sanpei 1955 Salaryman Sanpei Meijiro Chiba, Hiroshigi
• Ginrin 1955 Silver Ring (industrial promo short) Matsuki, Toshio
• Kurutta kajitsu 1956 Crazed Fruit Nakahira, Ko Thursday, July 12, 1956
• Shu to Midori 1956 Red and Green Nakamura, Noboru
• Tsuyu no Atosaki 1956 Rainy Season, The Nakamura, Noboru
• Doshaburi 1957 Cloudburst Nakamura, Noboru
• Kaoyaku 1958 Country Boss, The Nakamura, Noboru
• Kamitsukareta Kaoyaku 1958 Bitten Leader Nakamura, Noboru
• Haru o Matsu Hitobito 1959 Waiting for Spring Nakamura, Noboru
• Itazura 1959 Joking Nakamura, Noboru
• Kiken Ryoko 1959 Dangerous Trip Nakamura, Noboru
• Jose Torres (doc short) 1959 Teshigahara, Hiroshi ?
• Ashita e no Seiso 1959 Fully Dressed for Tomorrow Nakamura, Noboru
• Nami no To 1960 Tower of Waves Nakamura, Noboru
• Kawaita Mizuumi 1960 Youth In Fury Shinoda, Masahiro Tuesday, July 25, 1961
• Yoru ga Kuru 1960 Evening is Coming Ishihara, Shintaro
• X 1960 Tanikawa, Shuntaro
• Too Blue 1960 Shirasaka, Ishio & Imai, Yoshie
• Mozu 1961 Shrikes, The Shibuya, Minoru ?/1961
• Hannyo 1961 Woman of Tokyo Nakamura, Noboru
• Furyo shonen 1961 Bad Boys Hani, Susumu Wednesday, March 29, 1961
• Ningen Dobutsuen 1961 Human Zoo Kuri, Yoji
• L'Amour a vingt ans 1962 Love At Twenty Ishihara, Shintaro Friday, June 22, 1962
• Mitasareta Seikatsu 1962 Full Life, A Hani, Susumu
• Karami-ai 1962 Inheritance, The Kobayashi, Masaki Monday, February 24, 1964
• Otoshiana 1962 Pitfall Teshigahara, Hiroshi Sunday, July 01, 1962
• Namida o shishi no tategami ni 1962 Tears On The Lion's Mane Shinoda, Masahiro Sunday, September 30, 1962
• Seppuku 1962 Harakiri Kobayashi, Masaki Sunday, September 16, 1962
• Ratai 1962 Naked Body, The Narusawa, Masashige Monday, February 24, 1964
• Koto 1963 Twin Sisters Of Kyoto Nakamura, Noboru Sunday, January 13, 1963
• Kanojo to kare 1963 She And He Hani, Susumu Friday, October 18, 1963
• Taiheiyo hitoribocchi 1963 Alone Across The Pacific Ichikawa, Kon Sunday, October 27, 1963
• Subarashii akujo 1963 Marvellous Kid, A Onchi, Hideo Saturday, February 16, 1963
• Shiro to kuro 1963 White And Black Horikawa, Hiromichi Wednesday, April 10, 1963
• Love 1963 Kuri, Yoji
• Suna no onna 1964 Woman In The Dunes Teshigahara, Hiroshi Saturday, February 15, 1964
• Kawaita hana 1964 Pale Flower Shinoda, Masahiro Sunday, March 01, 1964
• Te o tsunagu kora 1963/1964 Children Hand In Hand Hani, Susumu ?/1964
• Niju-issai no Chichi 1964 Nakamura, Noboru
• Ansatsu 1964 Assassination Shinoda, Masahiro Friday, October 30, 1964
• Nihon dasshutsu 1964 Nippon Escape From Japan Yoshida, Yoshishige Saturday, July 04, 1964
• Nyotai 1964 Female Body, The Onchi, Hideo Sunday, August 07, 1966
• Jidosha Dorobo 1964 Car Thief, The Wada, Yoshinori
• Shiroi Asa 1964 White Dawn, The Teshigahara, Hiroshi
• Kaidan 1964 Kwaidan Kobayashi, Masaki Tuesday, December 29, 1964
• Utsukushisa to kanashimi to 1965 With Beauty And Sorrow Shinoda, Masahiro Sunday, February 28, 1965
• Saigo no shinpan 1965 Last Judgement Horikawa, Hiromichi ?/1965
• Bwana Toshi no uta 1965 Song of Bwana Toshi Hani, Susumu Sunday, June 11, 1967
• Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke 1965 Samurai Spy Shinoda, Masahiro ?/1965
• Kemono-michi 1965 Beast Alley Sugawa, Eizo Sunday, September 05, 1965
• Yotsuya kaidan 1965 Illusion Of Blood Toyoda, Shiro Sunday, July 25, 1965
• Ki no Kawa 1966 River Kii, The Nakamura, Noboru Saturday, June 11, 1966
• Shokei no Shima 1966 Captive's Island Shinoda, Masahiro Saturday, July 02, 1966
• Tanin no Kao 1966 Face Of Another, The Teshigahara, Hiroshi Friday, July 15, 1966
• Akogare 1966 Once A Rainy Day Onchi, Hideo Saturday, October 01, 1966
• Denshi Gijutsu de Mirai o Hiraku 1966 Opening Up The Future With Electronic Art Hideya, Tsumura
• Monokuromu no Gaka - Ibu Kurain 1966 Yves Klein - Painter in Monochrome Noda, Shinkichi
• Izu no odoriko 1967 Izu Dancer, The Onchi, Hideo Saturday, February 25, 1967
• Akane - gumo 1967 Clouds At Sunset Shinoda, Masahiro ?/1967
• Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu 1967 Samurai Rebellion Kobayashi, Masaki Saturday, May 27, 1967
• Midaregumo 1967 Two In The Shadow Naruse, Mikio Sunday, November 19, 1967
• Meguri-ai 1968 Two Hearts In The Rain Onchi, Hideo Wednesday, March 27, 1968
• Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen 1968 Nanami: The Inferno Of First Love Hani, Susumu Saturday, May 25, 1968
• Moetsukita chizu 1968 Man Without A Map, The Teshigahara, Hiroshi Saturday, June 01, 1968
• Nihon no seishun 1968 Hymn To A Tired Man Kobayashi, Masaki ?/1968
• Kyo 1968 Ichikawa, Kon
• Hokkaido Monogatari 1968 Tales Of Hokkaido Sugihara, Fuminao
• Shinu: Ten no amijima 1969 Double Suicide Shinoda, Masahiro Saturday, May 24, 1969
• Dankon 1969 Bullet Wound Moritani, Shiro Wednesday, September 10, 1969
• Taiyo no Karyudo 1970 Sun's Hunter, The Onchi, Hideo
• Tokyo senso sengo hiwa 1970 He Died After The War Oshima, Nagisa Saturday, June 27, 1970
• Dodesukaden 1970 Dodes'ka-den Kurosawa, Akira Saturday, October 31, 1970
• Yomigaeru Daichi 1971 Earth Is Born Again, The Nakamura, Noboru
• Gishiki 1971 Ceremony, The Oshima, Nagisa Tuesday, May 18, 1971
• Inochi bo ni furo 1971 Inn Of Evil Kobayashi, Masaki Saturday, September 11, 1971
• Chinmoku 1971 Silence Shinoda, Masahiro ?/1971
• Sama soruja 1972 Summer Soldiers Teshigahara, Hiroshi ?/1972
• Natsu no imoto 1972 Dear Summer Sister Oshima, Nagisa Saturday, August 05, 1972
• Kaseki no mori 1973 Petrified Forest, The Shinoda, Masahiro Saturday, September 01, 1973
• Seigen-ki 1973 Time Within Memory Narushima, Toichiro Saturday, February 24, 1973
• Himiko 1974 Shinoda, Masahiro Saturday, March 09, 1974
• Shiawase 1974 Happiness Onchi, Hideo Saturday, April 06, 1974
• Kaseki 1974 Fossil, The Kobayashi, Masaki Saturday, October 04, 1975
• Mirai Eno Isan (TV doc) 1974-1975 Legacy Of The Future ? 3/22/1974 - 10/30/1975
• Sakura no mori no mankai no shita 1975 Under The Blossoming Cherry Trees Shinoda, Masahiro ?/1975
• Nihonto - Miyairi Yukihira no Waza 1975 Japanese Swords - Craftsmanship Of Miyairi Yamauchi, Tokio
• Sabita Hono 1977 Incandescent Flame Sadanaga, Masahisa
• Hanare goze Orin 1977 Ballad Of Orin / Banished Orin Shinoda, Masahiro Saturday, November 19, 1977
• Ai no borei 1978 Empire Of Passion Oshima, Nagisa Saturday, May 20, 1978
• Moeru aki 1978 Glowing Autumn Kobayashi, Masaki ?/1979
• Kataku 1979 House Of Blaze Kawamoto, Kihachiro
• Meido no Hiyaku 1979 Messenger From Hades Gross, Marty
• Tenpyo no iraka 1980 Ocean To Cross Kumai, Kei Saturday, January 26, 1980
• Ki = Breathing 1980 Matsumoto, Toshio
• Minamata no Zu 1981 Map Of Minamata Tsuchimoto, Noriaki
• Rennyo to sono haha 1981 Rennyo And His Mother Kawamoto, Kihachiro Wednesday, October 07, 1981
• Yogen 1982 Prophecy Hani, Susumu
• Tokyo Saiban 1983 Trial Verdict Kobayashi, Masaki
• Antonio Guadi 1984 (doc) Teshigahara, Hiroshi Saturday, September 07, 1985
• Ran 1985 Kurosawa, Akira Saturday, June 01, 1985
• Shokutaku no nai ie 1985 Empty House, The Kobayashi, Masaki Saturday, November 02, 1985
• Himatsuri 1985 Fire Festival Yanagimachi, Mitsuo Thursday, October 03, 1985
• A.K. 1985 (doc) Marker, Chris
• Yari no gonza 1986 Gonza The Spearman Shinoda, Masahiro Wednesday, January 15, 1986
• Hiroshima to iu Na no Shonen 1987 Boy Named Hiroshima, A Sugata, Yoshiya
• Arashi ga oka 1988 Wuthering Heights Yoshida, Yoshishige Wednesday, May 25, 1988
• Kuroi ame 1989 Black Rain Imamura, Shohei Saturday, May 13, 1989
• Rikyu 1989 Teshigahara, Hiroshi Friday, September 15, 1989
• Go-hime 1991 Basara, The Princess Goh Teshigahara, Hiroshi Saturday, April 11, 1992
• Inland Sea 1991 Richie, Donald
• Dream Window 1992 Junkerman, John
• Rising Sun 1993 Kaufman, Philip Friday, July 30, 1993
• Sharaku 1995 Shinoda, Masahiro Saturday, February 04, 1995

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I have only rising sun and a comp. Great stuff, would love to hear more.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I just noticed that Kritzerland's release of RISING SUN is still available:

http://kritzerland.com/rising_sun.htm

That's both a pity and a blessing. I'm glad that it still is for those who have somehow missed it, but this is really a score that should be getting a lot more attention. So many lesser scores have sold far more copies in much shorter time. This was a highlight release last year for me.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I have only rising sun and a comp. Great stuff, would love to hear more.

Viewing the films Takemitsu scored yields the most light onto Takemitsu's output, much of which is not on soundtracks.

I'll put forth my favorite films in a following ranking (and also spotlight some of my favorite concert works by TT).

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

My rankings on Takemitsu film music, based mostly upon his music as heard whilst watching these films but also includes albums.

4 Gardens

1.Suna no onna (Woman In The Dunes)
2.Seppuku (Harakiri)
3.Ai no borei (Empire Of Passion)
4.Sakura no mori no mankai no shita (Under The Blossoming Cherry Trees)
5.Hanare goze Orin (Banished Orin)
6.Kawaita hana (Pale Flower)
7.Otoshiana (Pitfall)

3 Gardens

8.Himatsri
9.Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke (Samurai Spy)
10.Tanin no kao (The Face Of Another)
11.Rising Sun
12.Rikyu
13.Antonio Gaudi

Many of these films, Onya, are on the Criterion collection ...

http://www.criterion.com/explore/116-toru-takemitsu

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

My favorite Takemitsu opus of absolute music:

"A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden" (1977)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=X2JoZ3FR32c

Others:

Coral Island (1962)
Gemeaux (1972-1986)
Star-Isle (1982)
Orion And Pleiades (1984)
I Hear The Water Dreaming (1987)
Tree Line (1988)

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I have "I Hear the Water Dreaming", but haven't decided which version is my favorite (I got tired listening to all the difference ensembles.)

I heard two others performed on BBC radio recently that I liked: Green, and Ceremonial - An Autumn Ode.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

One columnist called him the greatest film composer to have lived, based on the incredible array of styles in which he wrote.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

Maybe the greatest film composer. Certainly the only prolific one to be welcomed into the international classical and concert repertory, where he's actually more well known. I have the two massive Complete Edition Film Music boxsets from Japan containing all of his scores. They're among my most treasured possessions. And the Rising Sun expanded release is a revelation.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Could you recommend a performance of Flock Descends TR?

It's been a few years since I saw The Sand Girl, taking it in as a whole, so I can't say I noticed Tohru's music.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   capracorn   (Member)

Mirai Eno Isan (TV doc) 1974-1975 Legacy Of The Future ? 3/22/1974 - 10/30/1975

is a great album

and still available from AMAZON under a different name namely: Treasures for The future.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00005FIFS/ref=pe_385721_37038051_TE_3p_dp_1

One particulair piece of music of this album is very well known, because it was used for the PBS television series COSMOS from Carl Sagan.

This piece is called: the heart of the universe.

I only bought the album recently but i realy like it very much.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Although I've owned the recording for 5 months now, it's only from reading this thread title that I've clicked that the composer is also a film music composer!

November Steps: For orchestra with shakuhachi and biwa [Yokoyama,Katsuya/ Tsuruta,Kinshi/Haitink,Bernard/RCO/1969][live]

First play: I was entranced, but two subsequent plays have not had the same magic.

I enjoyed his music in Rising Sun, especially the office concert sequence but have not sought to get the score - yet!

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

Viewing the films Takemitsu scored yields the most light onto Takemitsu's output, much of which is not on soundtracks.

I know it is expensive and hard to get, but actually almost all of his film music is available. It is on Parts 3 and 4 of the Complete Takemitsu Edition. Also, the Film Music of Toru Takemitsu box set has most of his major works on 7 CDs.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Could you recommend a performance of Flock Descends TR?

It's been a few years since I saw The Sand Girl, taking it in as a whole, so I can't say I noticed Tohru's music.


Yes, the one I like most is on the BIS label. BIS issued that CD a matter of months after Takemitsu's passing in 1996.

http://www.bis.se/index.php?op=album&aID=BIS-CD-760

"The Sand Girl" = WOMAN IN THE DUNES?

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

Marin Alsop's rendition of "A Flock Descends..." on the Naxos label is also first rate. That disc makes a very fine intro for new listeners as well -- it's very cheap and almost all the performances on it are among the best.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2014 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I know it is expensive and hard to get, but actually almost all of his film music is available. It is on Parts 3 and 4 of the Complete Takemitsu Edition. Also, the Film Music of Toru Takemitsu box set has most of his major works on 7 CDs.

Hi, Mr Drive.

Do you own any of these sets yourself?

I'm aware of the Victor LP volumes and the JVC CD editions, but never had encountered any them for sale much less an opportunity to buy any of them.

Regarding some of my favorite Takemitsu film music, my preference would be for individual albums and not compilations. SEPPUKU, for example, is 2.5 minutes on the Nonesuch compilation and about only 16 minutes on the JVC.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2014 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I know it is expensive and hard to get, but actually almost all of his film music is available. It is on Parts 3 and 4 of the Complete Takemitsu Edition. Also, the Film Music of Toru Takemitsu box set has most of his major works on 7 CDs.

I don't see PALE FLOWER (KAWAITA HANA) in soundtrackcollector.com. Do any of these collections have that one?

The 1962 PITFALL is only on one comp CD @ around 11 minutes. Surely there is more music than that in the film?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2014 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

The Complete Takemitsu Edition: Music for Movies 1 has about 15 minutes of Pale Flower.

I haven't seen Pitfall, but most of the films in these collections are represented by maybe 10-15 minutes of music each, so I think there are more suites for each film, rather than an attempt to release every note. In fact, based on the run times it looks like the suites on the JVC sets could be the content as what was released in the Complete Takemitsu box sets, but I only have the Music for Movies 1 box, so I don't have a way to compare them.

As far as individual albums go, I really like the concert recording of Ai no Borei. It was released on CD as a Tower Records exclusive, so I'm not sure how hard it is to come by nowadays.

http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/title/36909/Ai+No+Borei

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2014 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

Regarding some of my favorite Takemitsu film music, my preference would be for individual albums and not compilations. SEPPUKU, for example, is 2.5 minutes on the Nonesuch compilation and about only 16 minutes on the JVC.

I don't, but a friend of mine has the Complete Edition. He paid an insane amount of money for it, but it was certainly worth it!

I believe this set is mostly complete. A few titles from his filmo are missing, but the films may be lost. Since they even included music+fx tracks for some, I believe they tried to get everything on it that they could. Rising Sun has less that the Kritzerland, I think it is the same as the old album. That may have been a rights issue though.

SEPPUKU may very well not have more than 16 minutes. On this set, it is in 15 cues, some as short as 17 seconds. Remember, many of the nuberu bagu films are very sparsely spottet. I A/B'ed some with the movies and these were certainly complete.




 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2014 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

"The Sand Girl" = WOMAN IN THE DUNES?

Yes, I have forgotten where I saw this name, I think it's closer to a literal translation. The release I've seen is Criterion.

Thanks for the recommendation.

I can't find a publication of Takamitsu's Woman In The Dunes. Maybe one day.

 
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