Tokyo Stories

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Some of the subtlest, wisest cinema comes from Japan. Directors like Yasujiro Ozu depict the high drama of gentle understanding; Akira Kurosawa shows us just how nuanced action films can be; Hiroshi Teshigahara uses surrealism for provocative social commentary. And the music for these films is gorgeous and striking. Host David Garland presents selections by Toru Takemitsu, Masaru Sato, Riuichi Sakamoto, and other composers writing rich and varied music for Japanese films.

Tokyo Story trailer

Late Autumn trailer

Yojimbo trailer


Kojun Saitô - Tokyo Story - Yasujiro Ozu Music Anthology - Teichiku Entertainment

Kojun Saitô - Late Autumn - Yasujiro Ozu Music Anthology - Teichiku Entertainment

Masaru Sato - Yojimbo - Main Title - THM Toho Music

Masaru Sato - Samurai Assassin - The Film Music By Masaru Sato, Vol. 1 - Soundtrack Listeners Communications

Fumio Hayasaka - Ikuru - The Film Music of Akira Kurosawa - Funhouse

Toru Takemitsu - Rikyu - Filmmusic By Toru Takemitsu Vol. 4 - JVC

Hikaru Hayashi - Works of Hikaru Hayashi - Dômyaku rettô - Toho Music/Polystar

Riuichi Sakamoto - Little Buddha - Main Theme - Milan

Comments [6]

I would of added something from Seven Samuri, but I loved this show!

Jul. 14 2011 07:54 PM
Patricia Peterson from NYC

Thank you for this wonderful program. I am a huge fan of these films and the scores are not well known. I would like to suggest a hauntingly beautiful score by Taro Iwashiro from the film Blood and Bones.

Feb. 23 2011 03:05 PM
Eric Jacobson from Little Neck, NY


I especially enjoyed your Japanese film score selections this evening. I agree they are moving and interesting, although perhaps bordering on mawkish, e.g. The Ozu "Late Autumn" . Loved the marimba . . . .

Feb. 19 2011 10:14 PM
James E Sudborck from Bronx

The piece by Takemitsu that you just played contained the melody of an old German hymn "Von Gott will ich nicht lassen" - words by Ludwig Helmbold, 1563, music with same title, with "Christliche Tischgesaenge", 1572, noted below and translated by Catherine Winkworth as "From God Shall Naught Divide Me."

Feb. 19 2011 10:12 PM
David Garland

Brendan, thanks for that recommendation! I haven't seen the film; sounds great. I did search, unfortunately in vain, for music from Mizoguchi films for this program.

Feb. 19 2011 09:40 PM
Brendan Haley from Somerville, MA

Are you familiar with the Toshirô Mayuzumi score for Kenji Mizoguchi's 1956 film "Street of Shame"? It is one of the most unusual and striking scores I have heard in any film. I believe it is all musical saw. At the very least it is an incredibly bold choice by both director and composer. I have been fascinated by it for years.

Feb. 19 2011 09:29 PM

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