dimanche 25 mars 2012

Yasushi Akutagawa - Village of 8 Gravestones

EM/fPC/LP 0011
Real. Yoshitaro Nomura
Mus. Yasushi Akutagawa

LP Varese Sarabande  VC 81084Stereo (US)

Side 1.  1-11. Symphonic Selections
Side 2.  1-11. Symphonic Selections

Production Supervisor: Mike Malan
Art Director: William Stout
Litho Director: Kris Christianson
Prepared for released by Tom Null and Chris Kuchler 

Notes Back Cover
The anguished curse of a dying warrior reaches over four centuries, searching for vengeance in this epic 1977 film. Set in a small town in modern-day Japan, with flashbacks to the 16th century, Village of Eight Gravestones tells the turbulent story of the Tajimi family and their village - both seemingly haunted by a mass-murder that occured four hundred years ago. Eight warriors, the legend says, were fleeing the battlefront in time of war and were ambushed and killed for their cowardice by numbers of the village, led by the Tajimis. The leader of the warriors died with the phrase "My heartbreak shall last through eternity" on his lips - hence the origin of the "curse". Cut to 1977 and a recent series of murders in the same village which, by coincidence (or curse?), happen when Tatsuya, descendent of the Tajimi family, returns to the village of his ancestors.
Essentially a murder mystery with intriguing gothic overtones, Village of Eight Gravestones features a screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, best known to western audiences for his Rashomon. The director, Yoshitaro Nomura has made some eighty films. He is a respected director noted for his ability to handle any kind of a plot with distinction.
Yasushu Akutagawa, who composed and conducted the score here recorded, was born in Tokyo in 1925. He studied at the Tokyo Music Academy beginning in 1943 and in 1953 formed the "Group of Three" with composers Ikuma Dan and Toshiro Mayuzumi (who composed the score for John Huston's film The Bible). An album of his symphonic compositions including his Music for Orchestra (1950) and Triptique (1953) was released by Angel Records several years ago. The composer's other works include Sinfonia (1953), Divertimento (1955), Ellora Symphony (1958) and the opera Dark Mirror (1960). Other film scores by Akutagawa include the 1954 Cannes Grand Prix Award winner Jigokumon, Fires on the Plain (1959), An Actor's Revenge (1963), A Vessel of Sands (1974) and Shinran (1979).

-Tom Null

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