Masaru Satou

Satou Masaru May 29 1928 December 5 1999 was a Japanese composer of film scores. He was born in Toru City Hokkaido and raised in Sapporo. While studying at the National Music Academy Satou came under the influence of Fumio Hayasaka Akira Kurosawas regular composer for his earlier films. He became a pupil of Hayasakas studying film scoring with him at Toho Studios and working on the orchestration of Seven Samurai 1954. When the older composer died suddenly in 1955 leaving the scores to Kenji Mizoguchis New Tales of the Taira Clan and Kurosawas Record of a Living Being incomplete Toho assigned Satou to finish them. His first original score was for Godzilla Raids Again in 1955. He wrote the music to all of Kurosawas movies for the next decade including Throne of Blood The Bad Sleep Well Yojimbo Sanjuro and Red Beard. In addition to Mizoguchi and Kurosawa Satou worked with Hideo Gosha. His work in the realm of popular film continued throughout his career composing the scores to Ishiro Hondas The HMan 1958 The Lost World of Sinbad 1963 and three Jun Fukudadirected Godzilla films: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster 1966 Son of Godzilla 1967 and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974. During his 44year association with Toho Studios he wrote more than 300 film scores. Satous style differs considerably from Akira Ifukube the principal composer of the Godzilla films. Ifukubes scores show strong roots in European classical music as well as influences from Japanese traditional and Ainu folk music. Satou however employed Western popular styles and light jazz in his film scores. Unlike Ifukube Satou apparently never felt the need to compose for the concert stage writing exclusively for film. Source: AniDB Not to be confused with the art director Masaru Satou by the same name.