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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The Yakuza
 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2020 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

CD dug out again, more or less in alignment with this threads appearances.
It's still a Dave Grusin score that never sticks, when I take it for a spin.
There's plenty of other low-key, barely there scores I love.
Being a fan of Jerry Fielding, Michael Small and David Shire, who have composed minimal, non-attention seeking scores that I dig, they can be great mood setters.
And I do like a bit of Grusin, from his sweet, gentle scores like Heaven Can Wait, The Champ THIALH* & On Golden Pond and adventure scores like The Goonies and his spot-on 70s jazz/thriller combo 3 Days Of The Condor, so I won't give up, just like Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel often tell me.

*The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, which I still maintain had a huge influential affect on the music of John Williams as he transitioned from light comedy jazzer Johnny Williams to the Titanic Legend Jay Dubya that was to come.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2020 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

This score was a bit more lively than I remembered it from last time.
The bits I like best are the romantic/light jazz/pop tracks, which are typical of Grusin in that style, from that period.
The gongs and dissonance tracks tend to lose my interest, reminding me of the hypnosis track from JG's Escape From The POTA, which I also tune out on.
Sure, it might work wonders in the film, but it ain't the greatest stand alone listening experience.
I'm afraid if I want some kick-ass Asian film music, I'm gonna dig out The Challenge by Goldsmith and likewise, for contemplative/meditative Asian scoring, I'm also gonna grab Bill Conti's Karate Kid stuff over this score.
But it's nice that this will always be there and the End Title (Coda) offers a lovely closure to the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2020 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

That Japanese vocal track at the end, in the bonus section, is the friggin worst!!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2020 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

That Japanese vocal track at the end, in the bonus section, is the friggin worst!!

Authentic karaoke sound, Mister Kevin. Authentic representation karaoke scene, Mister Kevin. Very clever capture of karaoke anguish, of vocal emotion after much sake and bar love.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2020 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

It's worse than Mr Miyagi's singing, when he gets drunk, in the Karate Kid film.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

For those annointed few who find this kind of thing fascinating—as opposed to the swinish multitudes of the “Beltrami Generation” who just want to buy stuff—dig this HD 1973 Tokyo footage.

I find it hard to believe that this was filmed in 1973. However, for those of us who obsess over this era, it’s amazing and viewing it will augment your fixation on Yakuza-era Japan.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

That's great footage. But we still need to find some dank nightclub interiors with James Coburn/Steven Keats/Richard Jordan/Bob Mitchum types in turtlenecks and cool shades nursing glasses of gin drinks.

Here's a pdf of interest, published a year before The Yakuza was released, written by co-screenwriter and yakuza-film enthusiast Paul Schrader.

http://www.paulschrader.org/articles/pdf/1974-FCYakuza.pdf

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Wow, that pdf looks mighty involved; makes me lament that long-gone Yakuza era all the more.

I’m looking forward to reading it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Very cool, Jim.

My daughter was in Japan for 6 weeks a couple of summers ago, and her pics from Tokyo had much the same vibe. Even with changes in buildings, cars etc.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2020 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I had to rub my eyes because of how good that footage looked! I will admit to spending a fair amount of time watching stuff from that era, but that film threw even me for a loop!

Another thanks to LK for getting The Yakuza score out there. Shame on me for taking so long to get the score, though!

My dvd of The Yakuza was one of many WB releases that imploded.frown

 
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