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Music for the Movies: Tôru Takemitsu (1994)

A documentary of the Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu, featuring interviews and clips from films he scored.


Charlotte Zwerin


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Cast overview:
Tôru Takemitsu Tôru Takemitsu ... Himself
Hiroshi Teshigahara ... Himself
Masaki Kobayashi ... Himself
Masahiro Shinoda ... Himself
Nagisa Ôshima ... Himself
Donald Richie Donald Richie ... Himself
Sumire Yoshihara Sumire Yoshihara ... Herself - Musician: Percussion
Junko Arase Junko Arase ... Herself - Musician: Percussion
Yasunori Yamaguchi Yasunori Yamaguchi ... Herself - Musician: Percussion
Teruo Furuya Teruo Furuya ... Himself - Musician: Shakuhachi
Teiko Kikuchi Teiko Kikuchi ... Himself - Musician: Koto
Aki Takahashi Aki Takahashi ... Herself - Musician: Piano
Yukio Tanaka Yukio Tanaka ... Herself - Musician: Biwa
Seiko Miyazaki Seiko Miyazaki ... Herself - Musician: Shakuhachi


A documentary of the Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu, featuring interviews and clips from films he scored.

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Documentary | Music




France | Japan | USA


English | Japanese

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Music by Tôru Takemitsu
Performed by New Japan Philarmonic Orchestra
Biwa by Kinshi Tsuruta
Shakuhachi by Katsuya Yokoyama
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
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A fine look at the world's best film composer at work
3 June 2001 | by xhari_nairxSee all my reviews

This is a must see for anyone interested in Takemitsu, Japanese film, or film music. For that matter, it's great for anyone interested in filmmaking or music in general. Takemitsu was a amazingly unique composer, and this film illustrates repeatedly the impact he brought to the films he worked on, so much so that he could be considered a star of these films. He had the ability to add rich emotion and context to films with a few simple strokes. One word of warning though... the film contains many clips from several films, and almost invariably they are the strongest scenes from those films. So you might want to see films like Ran, Double Suicide, Face of Another and Empire of Passion before you see this film.

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