Akira Ifukube (伊福部 昭, Ifukube Akira, 31 May 1914 – 8 February 2006) was a Japanese classical and film music composer, best known for his works on the Godzilla franchise.
Movies & TV shows
Godzilla Appears at Godzilla Fest
The film was made for Toho's online festival. The movie features a reporter standing in the street. The man stares down the monster as he releases his atomic breath, only to discover it's a movie set....
The government scrambles to save its citizens when a monster emerges from the depths of the city. A rag-tag team of volunteers cut through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its m...
Making of Godzilla vs. Mothra
A look into the production of the nineteenth Godzilla film. Includes filmmaker and actor interviews with behind the scenes footage of the film's visual effects. Includes an interview with Akira Ifukub...
Genius Party Beyond
Five stories, five maestros, five styles and one common denominator: maximum creativity. Studio 4°C, the coolest label on the planet, invites us for the second time to an exclusive reunion of a talent...
Tetsujin 28: Morning Moon of Midday
Japan, ten years after World War II. Boy detective Shotaro solves mysteries and fights crime with the help of Tetsujin 28, the 50-foot tall giant robot left for him by his late genius father. But one ...
Always - Sunset on Third Street 2
Would-be writer Ryunosuke Chagawa is still living across the street from Norifumi Suzuki and his auto repair shop, though now he shares his home with Junnosuke, an orphan he's taken under his wing at ...
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Documentary focusing on the Japanese Godzilla, featuring interviews with such people as Director Jun Fukuda, the wide of the late Ishiro Honda and Alex Cox. This documentary incorporates footage from ...
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
A monster came to lay siege to Hong Kong after being on the verge of collapse. There are new organisms in Japan. The Oxygen Destroyer is believed to have created these crustacean-like beings.
Monster Planet of Godzilla
A former 3D theme park attraction at Sanrio Puroland. A spaceship called Earth is dispatched to investigate the disappearance of its counterpart on a monster-filled planet beyond our Solar System. On...
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
The U.N.G.C is part of the UN. It is included in the UN. King Ghidorah's remains were recovered. There is a monster and an egg. There is an infant dinosaur in the egg.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
The Futurians, time-travelers from the 23rd century, arrive in Japan to warn of the destruction that will befall the nation under the monster movie. They want to stop the creation of a monster. As a n...
Akira Ifukube has arranged music from his fantastic films into a three-movement symphony, presented here with scenes from the films the music was originally written for. The second half features Makot...
Wolfman vs. Godzilla
A high production fan film directed and produced by Shizuo Nakajima and several former Toho filmmakers in 1983. Principal photography on Wolfman vs. Godzilla began in 1983 and concluded in the mid 198...
Love and Faith
In the 16th century feudal Japan, Sen Rikyu was a ceremonial tea master. Hideyoshi was angered by Lord Ukon becoming a Christian because his daughter, the beautiful Lady Ogin, was in love with him. Ri...
There are 80 minutes of footage from the original Gojira and 25 minutes of newsreel footage from other monster movies in the film. Colored gels were applied to the black and white footage of the re-ed...
The Last Samurai
The film tells the story of a ronin who returns to his hometown after attempting suicide as a child. He has grown into a master swordsman after being rescued and adopted. The nails were put into the c...
Sandakan No. 8
An elderly woman is being forced into prostitution in Borneo, and she is being interviewed by a journalist. There are 8 items.
Zatoichi will be returning to his hometown for the first time in a long time. Zatoichi and Omiyo both had wet-nurses. Shinbei is wealthy and does not remember Zatoichi. Shinbei seems to be interested ...
Wolfman vs. Baragon
Wolfman appears from behind some trees where he is said to have been abused by Japanese army tanks, he flees and later battles Baragon at a burning construction site.
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Gengo Kotaka is an artist. When a garbled message is discovered, he becomes suspicious of the organization. Anguirus was able to comprehend the message quickly.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Ichi has a price on his head. The son of a merchant is said to have taken gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is also a spy for the shogunate...
When a space probe crashes on a Pacific atoll, aliens decide to take over one creature at a time. Three indigenous creatures -- a squid, a crab and a snapping turtle -- are transformed into giant mons...
An abandoned temple in the mountains outside of the old capital city of Kyoto is the scene of a fated meeting between a traveling priest, two women, and a vicious killer. When strangers approach the t...
A group of investigative scientists are in danger after a massive underwater volcano erupts. They are rescued by an atomic super submarine named The Alpha. The group is taken to a world beneath the oc...
Destroy All Monsters
At the turn of the century, all of the Earth's monsters were safe at Monsterland. The monsters are unleashed by a race of she-aliens called the Kilaaks.
A story depicting the challenges faced by today's youth in working to build a better tomorrow, based on the theme of Toshiba's progress as one of Japan's leading manufacturers of electronic and electr...
The Snow Woman
A master sculptor and his apprentice are trapped in a bad snow storm after finding a special tree for carving a statue for the local temple. Finding refuge in an abandoned hut they celebrate their luc...
King Kong Escapes
An evil doctor brought in King Kong. Who will dig for Element X when the robot is unable to do the job? The real Kong is fighting the machine on Tokyo Tower.
The cruel and despotic Nariatsu, son of the former Shogun, killed the lord of the Oshi fief. The Oshi clan was sentenced to be dismantled after an investigation. The best samurai in the clan are willi...
Ichi is staying at a inn. Ichi would love to take her son with her. Ichi discovered that the father was forced to make illegal pornography to pay off his gambling debts. Ichi makes it his mission to s...
Adventure in Kigan Castle
Osami, a soldier from Japan, and priest Ensai are looking for the ashes of the great Buddha. Their journey leads them to a kingdom in the Middle East where they find romance and intrigue in the court ...
Sleepy Eyes of Death 7: The Mask of the Princess
The daughter of the Shogun wants to kill a samurai. She sends waves of ninja warriors to kill the samurai without much success.
A naively honorable samurai (played by Raizo) comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers, and a very vulnerable oddity in consequ...
A Thousand Suspects
The film is based on Ryuji Hori's non-fiction book about the murder of a 4-year-old boy in 1963.
Return of Daimajin
The lands surrounding Lake Yakumo are of interest to the Lord Danjo Mikoshiba. During a memorial ceremony for the late Chigusa lord, Mikoshiba launches an attack, overthrowing the honorable Lord Juro....
The residents of a small town are protected by a giant stone statue.
Wrath of Daimajin
Lord Arakawa uses slave labor to make gunpowder. The boys are trying to save their fathers.
A dying man asked Zatoichi to give him a bag of money. When Zatoichi comes upon a small town that is being harassed by mobsters, he discovers that it was the man's young son. Zatoichi was made to ques...
The War of the Gargantuas
Gaira was spawned from the cells of a monster. While the Japanese military prepares to take action, Gaira's Gargantua brother, Sanda, descends from the mountains to defend his family. There is a battl...
Sleepy Eyes of Death 8: Sword of Villainy
A band of disgruntled samurai want to avenge the death of their sensei, a political reformer who pushed for better provisions for the lower classes until he was assassinated by Shogunate agents. Their...
A Chain of Islands
When a US army sergeant is found drowned in Tokyo Bay, an investigation is launched to determine how and why he lost his life. The investigation uncovers a black market scheme involving counterfeit mo...
Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu
In turbulent 16th-century Japan, the leaders of a minor fief have their child taken from them as a political hostage. His mother and his clan endure years of tribulations until he can return.
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Planet X wants people to help save the world. The Xiliens will cure you if you borrow two movies. Glenn and Fuji discovered that Monster Zero was actually King Ghidorah.
Zatoichi decided to visit his teacher in the village of Hikonoichi. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder, as well as the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a brothel. Ichi...
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
Zatoichi befriends a chess player, fights off angry relatives and tries to save a sick child. His luck is changing.
Frankenstein vs. Baragon
The monster's heart was taken to Japan by the Germans to prevent it from being seized by the Allies. It seems like the United States has lost when it uses an atomic bomb. A boy is wandering the street...
Mothra vs. Godzilla
An egg has been washed. Local villagers sell an egg. The Shobijin want the egg back. There is a typhoon near Nagoya. The egg has to be defended.
The Long Death
Mystery surrounds the poisoning of 12 Japanese bank customers. Based on a true incident.
The film follows the exploits of several members of the defeated Toyotomi clan as they cope with the chaos and persecution of the Shogun's army after the Siege of Osaka. When it becomes clear that the...
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Shindo is assigned to protect Princess Salno as a meteorite lands in Kurobe Valley. She emerged under the guise of a prophetess and caught the attention of the fairies. She warns of the arrival of a p...
Shinobi no Mono 4: Siege
Tokugawa Ieyasu is the ruler of Japan in the 4th film. The Toyotomi clan must be destroyed before his domination is complete. The only ninjas who can penetrate the fortress are Ieyasu, Kirigakure Saiz...
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
Zatoichi befriends a woman. Zatoichi will escort the baby to its father. The father was found with the help of a young pocket. They don't think about the father's reaction to their arrival or their ow...
A cellular life-form descends from the atmosphere in the form of diamonds.
Yoso is truly a lost classic, set in the Nara Era (710-794), from Kinugasa Teinosuke the same writer/director who gave us the recognized classic Gate of Hell (Jigokumon, 1952) & the milestone silent s...
The shogun's vassal Harima Aoyama and a chamber maid are in love with each other, but they cannot be together due to a difference of their status. Soon, an offer of marriage is brought to Harima. Tryi...
New Tale of Zatoichi
Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.
Zatoichi on the Road
Without any real allies, Zatoichi finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war as he protects a young girl.
Tragedy of the Coolie Samurai
Gonza was a handsome young laborer, a footman and spear-carrier, working hard for his meager wage. All Gonza wanted was to marry his young sweetheart, but despite their mutual poverty, her status as t...
The Thirteen Assassins
The Daimyo rapes a woman and murders her and her husband, but even when one of his own vassals commits suicide to bring attention to the crime, the matter is quickly hushed up. Because the Daimyo is t...
Zatoichi the Fugitive
Ichi arrived in the town of Shimonita and found a price on his head. After hearing of the death of a former love, Ichi fought his way through the entire clan to face the hired ronin.
The lost continent of Mu reappears to threaten the world with its domination. While countries unite to resist, an isolated World War II Captain has created the greatest warship ever seen, and possibly...
The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon
Susano is the son of Izanagi and Izanami. Susano is a young boy and he is devastated by the death of his mother. He embarked on a journey to find his brother and sister despite his father's disapprova...
King Kong vs. Godzilla
The monster emerged from the ice cube. A pharmaceutical company brought King Kong to Japan. When Kong escapes, he heads towards the monsters.
The Great Wall
In 221 BC, Qin Shihuangdi conquered the rest of China. Qin's great accomplishments and also his serious faults are showed in this film. Qin adopted autocratic dictatorship and led a luxurious life: ab...
A fishing village is terrorized by a giant whale, and the fishermen are determined to kill it.
The Tale of Zatoichi
A masseur has adventures. There will be a war between the town's gang and the village.
Her Hidden Past
Adaptation of a famous Kyouka Izumi novel. Set in the early 1900's, it tells the story of the impossible love between a young scholar a beautiful geisha.
A Carpenter and Children
A carpenter learns a lesson from five orphans and a woman. There is a winning combination of humor and drama. The friendship between the carpenter, the woman and the children is what makes this a mast...
The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kir...
Varan the Unbelievable
A joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island in order to find an economic means of purifying salt water. The monster Obaki was awakened from his slumber at the lake'...
Daredevil in the Castle
During the war between the Toyotomi and Tokugawa clans, the swordsman Mohei was recruited by the Toyotomi to overcome the seat of power, Osaka Castle. Mohei's skills will be put to the test.
Musashi used to be known as Takezo before he became the man of legend. His beginning is not very good. He is on the losing side of the historic battle at Sekigahara after siding with the Toyotomi. Mat...
An Indian prince leaves his world of comfort and wealth behind to wander and meditate for six years in search of spiritual enlightenment. Siddartha turned his back on the old religion when people were...
Young lord Saburo Nobuyasu struggles to find comfort in life. His arranged marriage to Tokuhime, daughter of one-time family enemy Oda Nobunaga, provides little happiness. His manipulative mother adds...
Castle of Flames
Young Lord Masato returns to Japan in the 17th century to find his father dead and his mother married to his uncle, who is causing turmoil in the kingdom. Masato vows to get to the truth even though h...
Scars of Honor
Japan, 1643, as the Kato clan of Aizu falls from power two brave samurai will settle a dispute in the time-honored tradition of their clan, by drawing their blades in a duel to the death.
A Whistle in My Heart
The social problems faced by Japan's indigenous Ainu are the focus of the story.
The play Cyrano de Bergerac was written by Edmund Rostand. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose loves a lady. She only sees him as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her.
Battle in Outer Space
In 1965, the space station JSS-3 is destroyed by a fleet of unexplained objects, which then begin a global siege on Earth, using rays to manipulate gravity and control the minds of men. A global counc...
The Big Boss
Ryuta and Mineo Komatsu are brothers, both yakuza (gangsters). Mineo, although complicit in crime, even murder, wants out of the gangster life, hoping to become a successful singer instead. Ryuta love...
The Three Treasures
It is said that the birth of Shintoism was a legend. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor's son Ouso wants to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, wants Ouso to die on a ...
Beyond the Seasonal Wind
A Japanese film.
When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman's husband blames himself for his wife's straying and...
When a rare species of butterfly is found in a valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. When they get there, they find an unexplored lake, but as they are observing it...
An Osaka Story
A poor peasant, after years of scraping, becomes a rich and powerful Osaka merchant. Mizoguchi Kenji's final project; he died before completing it and directing duties turned over to Yoshimura Kozabur...
On This Earth
Director Kzabur Yoshimura directed the 1957 drama.
Yagyu Secret Scrolls
In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The secrets must be found among ...
A woman struggles to raise her young son on her own in postwar Japan, finding companionship with a kind laborer while still hoping for the return of her missing husband.
A scrap iron carrier arrived at Tokyo bay. The ship swarmed with the stevedores, the souvenir seller and the hookers. The crews of ship were oppressed by arrogant captain and his officers. The crews c...
In Japan, scientifically advanced invaders from the war-destroyed planet Mysteroid cause an entire village to vanish, then send a giant robot out to storm the city by night, after which they request a...
The village is besieged by prehistoric nymphs when a more horrifying discovery is made. A giant flying creature emerges. A monster is going to appear with its mate.
Rainy Night Duel
Masahiko Koseki, a judo master, gets in several fights as a result of protecting a young woman. Despite his success, Koseki is expelled from his judo school because of his propensity for street fighti...
The Burmese Harp
In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
Love is Lost
Based on the novel by Torahiko Tamiya.
Darkness at Noon
Four innocent men are sentenced to death for a murder they did not commit. It's based on a true story.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
A fire-breathing dinosaur woke up after the attack on Tokyo.
Policeman's Diary, Part 2
The continued adventures of the Ushikata police station include runaway brides and a typhoon.
Life of Geisha
The tragedy of the geiko girl Ume and the men who try to pursue her.
The Maid's Kid
A group of five insurance salespersons, driven to desperation by the impossibility of their work in Japan's failing postwar economy, formed a plan to rob a cash delivery truck in order to provide for ...
Toku, a factory worker gives food to a starving woman, Tsuru, who then follows him home. He shares a shack in a shanty village in Kawasaki with his friend Pin-chan. The two men try to get rid of her b...
After several ships exploded and sank, Japan was thrown into a panic. A 50 meter tall monster that the natives call Gojira is discovered by an expedition to the island led by Professor Yemani. The mon...
1950s Japanese drama.
A Samurai's Love
The film is based on the play Bancho Sarayashiki.
The Cannery Boat
The crab fishermen's final revolt is bloodily suppressed by the Royal Navy. In the 1920's.
Kazuo Miyagawa’s prizewinning black-and-white cinematography draws out the moral shadings of Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata’s 1952 novel Thousand Cranes, a quietly devastating story of a young man, ...
Ginko became a geisha to support her family. She travels from geisha house to geisha house, trying to find love and hope. She can't escape her sad fate no matter how hard she tries.
The film shows the aftermath of the detonation of an atomic bomb on humans.
A group of Japanese seamen are stranded on an abandoned island for seven years of internal conflict.
Shi no machi wo nogarete
Group of women escape Chinese controlled area for Japanese occupied lands during Pacific War.
Sisters of Nishijin
A family of Kyoto textile workers struggles after tragedy.
Children of Hiroshima
The struggle of the ordinary Japanese people in dealing with the aftermath of the atomic bomb is depicted in this show.
A Tale of Genji
"Love 'em and leave 'em" is the philosophy of Genji, the illegitimate offspring of a Japanese potentate. Genji doesn't realize how much pain he has caused until his heart breaks.
Clothes of Deception
Clothes of Deception initiated Yoshimura’s most characteristic vein. This geisha story is often described as a loose remake of Mizoguchi’s pre-war masterpiece Sisters of Gion (1936), but this is inexa...
The Motherland Far Far Away
It was directed by Daisuke.
Senkichi Taniguchi directed the Toho film.
Listen to the Voices of the Sea
This film is strongly anti-war film. The film is based on the collection of writings by Japanese student soldiers who died during World War II. The film is located to Burma. It shows the everyday prob...
The Rainbow-Colored Flower
Ebihara is a budding novelist entangled in a complicated web of relationships with three women from three different generations: Kazue, a coquettish teenage war orphan who tries to offer herself for m...
Also known as Crazy Uproar.
Senka o koete
A woman's prison film featuring former prostitutes recovering from venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and estranged lovers was not accepted by the critical establishment. White Beast is indicati...
Jakoman and Tetsu
A one-eyed criminal named Jakoman is scaring the inhabitants of a village. The son of the head of one of the fish companies decided to overthrow Jakoman and his associates.
Late Night Confession
There is a Japanese mystery thriller.
The Rainbow Man
When a young woman is named as the prime suspect in a murder, her girlfriend and her boyfriend set out to prove her innocence. There are a lot of strange things happening at a house.
The Quiet Duel
A doctor is working at his father's clinic in a seedy district. He contracted the disease after cutting himself. He rejected his fiancée because he was tortured by his conscience.
A Woman in the Typhoon Area
Four unlucky pirates head to a weather tracking station set on a remote island with the intention of holding the weather trackers as hostages and attacking their next supply ship, but at the station t...
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