Akira Ifukube

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Toho Company, Limited Composer
Akira Ifukube
Akira Ifukube
Birth Date Birthplace
May 31, 1914 Hokkaido, Japan
First Film Notable Work
Ginrei no hate (1947) Godzilla (1954)


Akira Ifukube (伊福部昭,   Ifukube Akira?) was a Japanese musician that was born in 1914 and died in 2006. He is considered to be one of Japan's most revered classical composers.

In the 1940's, during World War II, Ifukube was asked to compose nationalistic themes for the islands liberated by Japan. (One such theme was played by the band when Japan officially surrendered in 1945). Starting in 1947 with the film Snow Trail, Ifukube became prominent in film composition. In 1954, he worked on Godzilla. After that, he scored 11 more Godzilla films (and his themes were added to many others), as well as 13 other sci-fi/ fantasy films. In total, Ifukube scored 43 films in his entire career.

His final Godzilla film was Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, and although he never composed the scores of any of the subsequent movies, his most famous theme, Godzilla's theme, was used in some capacity in most of the subsequent films, and many other pieces of his music were remixed in Godzilla: Final Wars.

He died on February 8th, 2006, from multiple organ failure. However, he left behind a legacy that will always be remembered in the form of his music.

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  • Ifukube is credited as one of the composers of the score for Godzilla Resurgence, despite passing away a decade before the film's release.

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one month ago
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Apparently we were both born in the same day.