His work in the realm of popular film continued throughout his career, composing the scores to Ishiro Honda’s The H-Man (1958), The Lost World of Sinbad (1963), and three Jun Fukuda-directed Godzilla films: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). During his 44-year association with Toho Studios, he wrote more than 300 film scores.
Satō’s style differs considerably from Akira Ifukube (伊福部昭), the principal composer of the Godzilla films. Ifukube’s scores show strong roots in European classical music, as well as influences from Japanese traditional and Ainu folk music. Sato, however, employed Western popular styles and light jazz in his film scores. Unlike Ifukube, Sato apparently never felt the need to compose for the concert stage, writing exclusively for film.
Edited by chewtoy on 12 Apr 2013, 05:54
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