Composer Masaru Sato (1928-1999)

Tales of the Taira Clan – Kenji Mizoguchi (1955)
Throne of BloodAkira Kurosawa (1957)
The Lower DepthsAkira Kurosawa (1957)
The Hidden FortressAkira Kurosawa (1958)
Chuji the Gambler – Senkichi Taniguchi (1960)
YojimboAkira Kurosawa (1961)
SanjuroAkira Kurosawa (1962)
Warring ClansKihachi Okamoto (1963)
The Samurai Pirate – Senkichi Taniguchi (1963)
Dojo Yaburi: Samurai from Nowhere – Seiichiro Uchikawa (1964)
Samurai AssassinKihachi Okamoto (1965)
Irezumi – Yasuzo Masumura (1966)
The Sword of DoomKihachi Okamoto (1966)
Kill!Kihachi Okamoto (1968)
Samurai BannersHiroshi Inagaki (1969)
Red LionKihachi Okamoto (1969)
GoyokinHideo Gosha (1969)
TenchuHideo Gosha (1969)
Shinsengumi: Assassins of HonorTadashi Sawashima (1969)
The Magoichi SagaKenji Misumi (1969)
Incident at Blood PassHiroshi Inagaki (1970)
The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan – Masahiro Shinoda (1970)
The Ambitious – Daisuke Ito (1970)
Hunter in the DarkHideo Gosha (1979)
Death ShadowsHideo Gosha (1986)
Shogun's Shadow – Yasuo Furuhata (1989)
After the Rain – Takashi Koizumi (1999)

Masaru Sato The amazingly prolific Masaru Sato composed original scores for more than 300 movies over the course of five decades. Following in the traditions established by his mentor Fumio Hayasaka, who composed the music for Rashomon and Seven Samurai, Sato helped to create the distinctive sound of classic chambara. He freely mixed in European and American influences with Eastern traditions, resulting in a jazzy saxophone-and-percussion sound that got cross-pollinated with Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western scores. Sato's fun and funky stylings can best be heard in Yojimbo, Sanjuro and Kihachi Okamoto's Kill!

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