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Akira Ifukube

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Probably one of the most respected of serious composers in Japan because the 1950s, Akira Ifukube in addition has led something of the double life among the most widely used and prolific film composers in Japan because the past due ’40s. He was created in Kushiro on the isle of Hokkaido in 1914, that was among the homes from the aboriginal Ainu. Being a youngster, Ifukube paid attention to their music, which significantly influenced his very own musical imagination. Ifukube was a self-taught violinist and gained awards for his early compositional initiatives. He majored in music and forestry, as well as the last mentioned provided him along with his living until soon after Globe Battle II, when he started teaching music being a teacher at Tokyo Artwork University and began writing film ratings, principally at Toho Studios. His film ratings quickly recognized themselves because of their inventiveness and richness, incorporating Eastern and Traditional western components. In 1954, Ifukube was designated to rating the Toho film Gojira, aimed by Ishiro Honda, which supplied him with a distinctive canvas which to operate. A research fiction film shot within a neo-realist design and inspired by way of a tragic occurrence involving Japanese anglers whose fishing boat was polluted by fallout from an American H-bomb check, Gojira became a car for some of the very most expressive orchestral music of Ifukube’s profession. His also became japan film music most broadly noticed in the Western world, when the film was recut, partially dubbed, and released in the us as Godzilla, Ruler from the Monsters. Everything regarding the rating — the cultural music from the Odo islanders, the grim march from the protection of Tokyo, the martial fanfare depicting the dispatch of the study dispatch, the ominous theme connected with Godzilla’s strike on Tokyo, as well as the funereal chorale led with the bass strings, from the sacrifice of Dr. Serizawa — was unforgettable. Ifukube continued to write a lot more than 250 film ratings in a profession long lasting 50 years, including a few of the most reputed movies available in Japan, included in this Harp Of Burma (aka The Burmese Harp), that he would suitable the funereal music from his Gojira rating and expand on its thematic materials. Nonetheless it was his Godzilla music, not only for the original feature but also for the best of many sequels and offshoot movies that followed, that could make Ifukube a favorite culture icon. He’d write many improvements to and variants on his function in the initial film, and achieved a distinctive pop-classicalcareer summit within the middle-’80s with Godzilla’s Symphonic Fantasia, a feature-length video montage attracted from most of Toho Movies’ horror/technology fiction releases on the preceding 31 years, divided into thematic areas totalling almost two hours and obtained to Ifukube’s recently reorchestrated and recomposed styles from those films, transformed right into a four-movement symphonic function. He retired within the 1990s, but came back to Toho one final time to create the music for that which was after that proposed to become the studio’s last Godzilla/Gojira film, Godzilla vs. Destroyer, that he reprised his 1954 function once more inside a film with a primary link to the initial film. Ifukube continues to be a distinctively revered physique in Japanese music, among the country’s esteemed and broadly documented (and performed) composers for the concert hall, as well as the country’s most well-known and broadly documented (and re-recorded) film composer. The only real comparable figures comprehensive, breadth, and reputation in traditional western music will be Miklós Rózsa, Aaron Copland, or Bernard Herrmann, each of whom somewhat straddled the traditional and film worlds on the relatively limited basis, and John Williams, who attained stardom (also super-stardom of a sort) being a film composer, although Ifukube’s achievement in Japan rather transcends all their successes.

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Full Name Akira Ifukube
Died February 8, 2006, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
Profession Teacher, Film Score Composer
Education Hokkaido University
Nationality Japanese
Parents Kiwa Ifukube, Toshizo Ifukube
Awards Japan Record Special Award, Japan Academy Prize for Special Award from the Chairman
Music Songs Main Title, Godzilla Comes Ashore, Godzilla, Prayer for Peace, Godzilla Under the Sea, Frigate March I, Godzilla to Tokyo Bay, Godzilla Approaches, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Requiem, Intercept Godzilla, Mothra's Song, Devastated Tokyo, Godzilla Vs. Rodan, Desperate Broadcast, Mahara Mothra, Toho Logo, The G-Force March I, Monster Zero March, Uneasiness on Odo Island, Fury of Godzilla, Godzilla's Resurrection, Ship Music / Sinking of Eikou-Maru, Bingo-Maru Sinking, SY-3, GODZILLA TITLE /, The Terror of Godzilla, Frigate March II, GODZILLA appears /, The Sleeping Devil, Battle In Outer Space, King Kong Vs. Godzilla I
Albums Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Zatoichi: The Best Cuts 1967-1973, Ido Zero Daisakusen, Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla (1993) (disc 1), War Of The Gargantuas, Terror of Mechagodzilla, ??????????OSTINATO?, Shin Godzilla Music Collection, Rodan, The Flying Monster (Radon), Monster Zero (Kaiju Daisenso), Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, Rodan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Frankenstein Conquers the World, The Mysterians (Original Motion Picture Score), Godzilla vs. Destroyer, King Kong VS. Godzilla, Battle In Outer Space (Akira Ifukube), Varan the Unbelievable (Daikaiju Baran), ?????????, Best Classics, The Best of Godzilla, Volume 1: 1954-1975
Nominations Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music
Movies Godzilla, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Destroy All Monsters, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Battle in Outer Space, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Terror of Mechagodzilla, The Mysterians, Godzilla: Final Wars, Rodan, Atragon, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, Godzilla vs. Gigan, The War of the Gargantuas, Frankenstein Conquers the World, King Kong Escapes, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Varan the Unbelievable, Dogora, Space Amoeba, Latitude Zero, Snow Trail, The Three Treasures, The Burmese Harp, Wanpaku Oji no Orochi Taiji, Daimajin, Sandakan No. 8, Anatahan, The Story of Osaka Castle, Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki, Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo, The Quiet Duel, Children of Hiroshima, The Tale of Zatoichi, New Tale of Zatoichi, Zatoichi and the Chess Expert, Zatoichi the Fugitive, Zatoichi on the Road, Zatoichi's Revenge, Zatoichi's Vengeance, Life of an Expert Swordsman, Fight, Zatoichi, Fight, Zatoichi Challenged, The Adventure of Kigan Castle, Daimajin Ikaru, Dobu


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1 He was president of the Tokyo College of Music from 1976 to 1987.
2 He grew up on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. He was greatly influenced by the indigenous Ainu people, and adapted their improvisational musical style along with those of his favorite Western composers, such as Igor Stravinsky.
3 Although he started composing music as a teen, he studied for a career in forestry. Near the end of World War II, he was exposed to radiation during testing of lumber, which forced him to quit forestry work. He then worked towards a career as a composer and music teacher.
4 Along with director Ishirô Honda, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya, Ifukube was one of the four men who would become known as the four fathers of Godzilla.
5 He created Godzilla's trademark roar by rubbing a contrabass with a resin-coated leather glove, and then reverberated the sound that was produced. He also created Godzilla's thunderous footsteps by beating a kettle drum with a thick rope knotted at the end.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Furo daki taisho 1956
Horeruna yanpachi 1956
Kousaka siro no hanzai 1956
Matu kemusi 1956
Oni daiko 1956
Seishun no oto 1956
Rodan 1956
Joyu 1956
Kiri no oto 1956
Kojinbutu no fufu 1956
Onibi 1956
Ryûri no kishi 1956
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956
Mahiru no ankoku 1956
Kamisaka Shirô no hanzai 1956
Gin shinju 1956
Rainy Night Duel 1956
The Burmese Harp 1956
Bara no kôdôkan 1956
Asaru hitobito 1955
Bijo to kairyu 1955
Hi no bakuso 1955
Hokkaido 1955
Kokuyu rin 1955
Sakuma damu dainibu 1955
Tifu no me 1955
Tokyo boryokudan 1955
Yukaima 1955
Dankongai 1955
Zoku keisatsu nikki 1955
Buruuba 1955
Osho ichidai 1955
Mittsu no kao 1955
Ôkami 1955
Jochukko 1955
Ginza no onna 1955
Izumi e no michi 1955
Meiji ichidai onna 1955
Hotaru no hikari 1955
Ningen gyorai kaiten 1955
Akanko no marimo 1954 Documentary short
Ashizuri misaki 1954
Banchô sara yashiki: Okiku to Harima 1954
Haru no uzumaki 1954
Jinsei gekijo yokubo hen: sanshu kirako 1954
Sakuma damu daiichibu 1954 Documentary
Tanima no rekisi 1954
Tubame wo ugokasu hitotachi 1954
Wakai hitotachi 1954
Gojira 1954
Dorodarake no seishun 1954
Midori no nakama 1954
Dobu 1954
Shunkin monogatari 1954
Genkai no wani 1953
Konketuji 1953
Miseraretaru tamasii 1953
Umarekawaru kyakusha 1953
Muhomono 1953
Onna no issho 1953
Before Dawn 1953
Hiroshima 1953
Kanikôsen 1953
Shirauo 1953
Sero hiki no Gôshu 1953
Ana-ta-han 1953 as Ifukube
Yokubo 1953
Aijô ni tsuite 1953
Shukuzu 1953
Mura hatibu 1953
Senba zuru 1953
Furisode kyôjo 1952
Hosokawa garasha fujinn den: ranse no siroyuri 1952
Kouya no tikai 1952
Mukokuseki-sha 1952
Si no matiwo nogareta 1952
Tenryu gawa 1952
Watashi wa Shiberia no horyo datta 1952
Zoku bashoku itidai 1952
Swift Current 1952
Zoku baku rou ichidai 1952
Boryoku 1952
Children of Hiroshima 1952
Taki no Shiraito 1952
Shino machi o nogarete 1952
Nishijin no shimai 1952
Nadare 1952
Saigo no kaoyaku 1952
Ashura hangan 1951
Kagirinaki jonetsu 1951
Kaze ni soyogu asi (Kouhen) 1951
Nusumareta koi 1951
Sinsetu isikawa goemon 1951
Genji monogatari 1951
Kono hata ni chikau 1951
Dare ga watashi o sabaku no ka 1951
Jiyû gakkô 1951/I
Itsuwareru seiso 1951
Beyond Love and Hate 1951
Gozen reiji no shutugoku 1950
Gunkan sudeni kemuri nasi 1950
Kumo no mati 1950
Otome no seiten 1950
Senka no hate 1950
Simei hannin 1950
Re mizeraburu: kami to jiyu no hata 1950
Les Misérables: Gods and Demons 1950
Kike wadatsumi no koe: Nippon senbotsu gakusei shuki 1950
Shiroi yajû 1950
Harukanari haha no kuni 1950
Senritu 1950
Ma no ogon 1950
Ore wa yojinbo 1950
Kumo no machi 1950
Tenya wanya 1950
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995
Kuchibiru ni uta o mote 1949
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993
Sodachi yuku-mura 1949
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth 1992
Koiokamibi 1949
Dozoku no ranjo 1991 Documentary
Nijiotoko 1949
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991
Jakoman and Tetsu 1949
Gojira Fantajî: SF Kôkyô Fantajî 1984
Shin'ya no kokuhaku 1949
Love and Faith 1978
Utsukushiki batsu 1949
Godzilla 1977
Kirare no Senta 1949
Oinaru nire 1976 Documentary short
The Quiet Duel 1949
Tobira wa hirakareta 1975
Kenji to onnakanshu 1949
Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975
Shachô to onna-tenin 1948
Sandakan 8 1974
Taifuken no onna 1948
The Last Samurai 1974
Kuro-uma no danshichi 1948
The Human Revolution 1973
Utsukushiki hyô 1948
Zatoichi's Conspiracy 1973
Daini no jinsei 1948
Birth of the Japanese Islands 1970
Meitantei Hiroshi kun 1947 Short
Will to Conquer 1970
Kôfuku eno shôtai 1947
Space Amoeba 1970
Snow Trail 1947
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo 1970
Shokon ichidai tenka no abarenbo 1970
Latitude Zero 1969
Oni no sumu yakata 1969
Sky Scraper! 1969
Miyajima 1968 Documentary
Wakamono yo chôsen seyo 1968
Destroy All Monsters 1968
Kawachi fûten zoku 1968
The Snow Woman 1968
Kiza naki oharu 1967
Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô 1967
Eleven Samurai 1967
Ikiru 1967 Documentary
King Kong Escapes 1967
Wrath of Daimajin 1966
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Villainy 1966
Kuniza 21 seishô o mezashite 1966 Documentary
Ichiman sanzennin 1966
Return of Daimajin 1966
The War of the Gargantuas 1966
The Betrayal 1966
Zatoichi's Vengeance 1966
Kiganjô no bôken 1966
Daimajin 1966
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess 1966
Nihon rettô 1965
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert 1965
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965
Frankenstein Conquers the World 1965
Muhômatsu no isshô 1965
Kodomo no kuni 1965 Documentary
Zatoichi's Revenge 1965
Tokugawa Ieyasu 1965
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964
Kojiki taisho 1964
Zatôichi kesshô-tabi 1964
Suruga yûkyôden 1964
Shu o makeru onna 1964
Da ji 1964
Uchû daikaijû Dogora 1964
Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege 1964
Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964
Teigin jiken: Shikeishû 1964
Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki 1964
Yushi na gara no wakare 1964
Atragon 1963
Jûsan-nin no shikaku 1963
Zatoichi on the Road 1963
Yôsô 1963
Zatoichi the Fugitive 1963
Teuchi 1963
Kono kubi ichimangoku 1963
Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon 1963
New Tale of Zatoichi 1963
Kurobe damu dainibu 1962 Documentary
Ôsho 1962
47 Samurai 1962
Shin shikôtei 1962
King Kong vs. Godzilla 1962
Kujira gami 1962
Chiisakobe 1962
The Tale of Zatoichi 1962
Onnakeizu 1962
Different Sons 1961
Hangyakuji 1961
Shaka 1961
Akumyô 1961
Yuki ni idomu 1961 Documentary
Miyamoto Musashi 1961
Ryûhyô no machi 1961 Documentary
Daredevil in the Castle 1961
Yuki no hataraki 1961 Documentary
Zoku Saitô Kenichirô 1960 Documentary
Tadanao kyo gyojoki 1960
Hono-o no shiro 1960
Shiroi shin 1960 Documentary
Zoku shinran 1960
Kizu senryô 1960
Shinran 1960
Baruuchan Project 1960 Documentary
Dokku No. 3 1960 Documentary
Battle in Outer Space 1959
Nippon tanjô 1959
Korosareta suchuwadesu: shiro ka kuro ka 1959
Sono kabe o kudake 1959
Samurai Saga 1959
Onna to kaizoku 1959
Kotan no kuchibue 1959
Ankokugai no kaoyaku 1959
Kensetsufu 1958
Kokutetsu no diseruka 1958
Midori no tanima 1958
Nagai fuyu 1958
Okutadami damu 1958
Yukichi Fukuzawa's Boyhood 1958
Daikaijû Baran 1958
Kisetsufu no kanatani 1958
Yoru no tsuzumi 1958
The Precipice 1958
Futari dake no hashi 1958
Kanashimi wa onna dakeni 1958
Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken 1958
Dajji 1957
Hakucho monogatari 1957
Sakuma damu daisanbu 1957
Sonan: tanigawadake no kiroku 1957
Susumiyuku bitamin B1 1957
Yujo monogatari 1957
The Mysterians 1957
Chijo 1957
Downtown 1957
Bakuon to daichi 1957
Umi no yarodomo 1957
Saigo no dasso 1957
Koroshita no wa dare da 1957
Jigoku bana 1957
Nikui mono 1957
Kawa wa miteiru 1957
Yagyû bugeichô 1957
Ôsaka monogatari 1957
Itohan monogatari 1957
Arinamin 1956

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shin Godzilla 2016 composer: stock music
Godzilla vs. Wolfman 2016 stock music by
Always zoku san-chôme no yûhi 2007 composer: stock music
Gojira: Fainaru uôzu 2004 composer: theme music
Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki 2001 composer: theme music
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 composer: theme "Godzilla"
Charlie's Angels 2000 composer: theme "Godzilla" - uncredited
Godzilla 2000 1999 composer: theme "Godzilla"
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 themes
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 conductor / music arranger / orchestrator - uncredited
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 themes
Gojira Fantajî: SF Kôkyô Fantajî 1984 conductor
Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 composer: stock music
Varan the Unbelievable 1962 composer: theme music - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shin Godzilla 2016 writer: "Theme of Godzilla"
Atop the Fourth Wall TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Gojira: Fainaru uôzu 2004 writer: "Godzilla Theme"
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 writer: "The Fury Of Godzilla", "The Decision Of Godzilla"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Godzilla, King of the Monsters 1998 TV Movie documentary Interviewee

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Lifetime Achievement Award Awards of the Japanese Academy
1957 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Film Concours Best Film Score Mahiru no ankoku (1956)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Music Score Gojira vs. Mosura (1992)
1979 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Music Score Ogin-sama (1978)


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