Music from Godzilla vs. Gigan


Toho Champion Festival staff interview

所健二 Kenji Tokoro
音楽事務担当 Music office manager

Music from “Godzilla vs. Gigan”


This work was produced under the direction of Jun Fukuda, but at that time, the budget was gradually being cut, and it was said that the special effects part would use the old work as much as possible, which also affected the music cost. Did. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and director Fukuda called me and said, “Can we make this work using only Ifukube’s music tapes?” I thought, “That’s unreasonable,” but he repeatedly said, “There’s nothing you can’t do.”


Then I hurriedly brought the script and went to see Mr. Ifukube. The teacher was dumbfounded at first, but as we were talking, he asked me, “It’s called a past work, but who will select it?” He couldn’t help it, so he said, “I’ll do it.” Well, I think you agreed to such a shameless story.


So, I selected songs while watching the rush and having a meeting with Director Fukuda. Mr. Ifukube and the director told me, “I won’t tell you the details, so I’ll leave it to you.” After selecting the pieces, Mr. Ifukube told me, “For me, it’s physically impossible for me to compose this much in a short time.”


The only scene where you can see that the alien is actually a cockroach ghost could not see the rush [print] and needed creepy music that was only 15 seconds long. From the classification table I made in advance, I found a note that says “eerie music” 7 seconds (MI6 in “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster”), and when I repeated this twice and matched it with the picture, I found the place where the song repeats. It fit perfectly with the place where it gradually transforms into a cockroach. I asked Ifukube-sensei and the director about it, and they said OK on the first try, which made me especially happy.


At the time of dubbing, Mr. Ifukube was present from the morning. The title song I chose was “Battle in Outer Space,” but since the title song stands out and there are many monster fanatics, the director wanted another song, and I chose the second candidate. When I heard the music used for the “Volcano” section of the Mitsubishi Miraikan at the Osaka Expo, the director liked it very much. He told me to play string instruments in unison for this song. I had no choice, so I said, “I’ll do it.” It was a song with a strange orchestration I thought.

Source: ゴジラ東宝チャンピオンまつりパーフィクシオン, p 119