from Rumoi, Hokkaido, Japan
May 29, 1928 - December 5, 1999 (age 71)
For a major part of his career as a film composer, Masaru Sato was associated with two of Japan's most internationally renowned cultural icons: Akira Kurosawa and Godzilla (or Gojira, as he is known in Japan). Born in Rumoi in northern Japan, Sato trained as a composer and entered the movie industry in 1952 at Toho Studios, and became closely associated with the movies of Akira Kurosawa at the end of the decade, writing the scores for #Yojimbo (which was later remade as #A Fistful of Dollars and #Last Man Standing), #Sanjuro, #High and Low, and #Red Beard. Over the course of his career, Sato wrote the music for over 300 movies, including #Godzilla Raids Again (released in the United States as #Gigantis, The Fire Monster), the first sequel to Ishiro Honda's #Godzilla, and #Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (aka #Ebirah, Horror of the Deep), #Son of Godzilla, and #Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. His final score was for the movie #After the Rain, which was based on a Kurosawa script. Sato's scores for Kurosawa's movies helped make him one of Japan's most widely exposed film composers. His work on the Godzilla movies always stood somewhat in the shadow of Akira Ifukube, who wrote the music for the first #Godzilla movie and most of the major titles that followed. At the same time, his work on those movies resulted in the release of his soundtrack LPs and CDs, which were eventually exported to the United States and Europe, thus giving him far more exposure than virtually any film composer (other than Ifukube) in Japan. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
The Sword of Doom (1966) score selections, music by Masaru Sato
Masaru Sato - The Appearance of Mechagodzilla
Kill! (1968) score selections, music by Masaru Sato!
Samurai Banners by Masaru Sato
Battle of Okinawa- Masaru Sato
Masaru Sato: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla OST (1974)
The H-Man (1958) jazz music, songs + sound effects, music by Masaru Sato
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