Japanese Story (Original Soundtrack)
Elizabeth Drake's wonderful and award-winning score to the new Australian feature film starring Toni Collette, with two bonus tracks not featured in the movie plus a collectable 16 page booklet and a widescreen trailer.
Winner of Best Feature Film Score in the 2004 AGSC (APRA) Screen Music Awards!
Winner of Best Score in the 2003 AFI and Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards!
Nomination for Best Score at the ARIAs in 2004 and nominated for Best Original Score in the 2003 IF Awards!
Elizabeth Drake knew as soon as she read the script of Japanese Story that this was a gift to the composer. Apart from the inherent strengths and fascination of the script itself, there was the opportunity for the inter-weaving and layering of elements of Japanese culture (Japanese instruments, modes, folksong and ritual) with western orchestral instruments, tonality and harmonic composition. The themes of cultural displacement, tragedy and transformation were as relevant to composition as they were to story-telling.
Drake's haunting and award-winning score to this Australian feature film, with its memorable use of the Japanese folksong, Chinsagu No Hana is now available direct from Move, its internet distributor, Buywell and all leading Australian CD retailers.
This collectable CD comes complete with two bonus tracks not featured in the film, plus an attractive and detailed 16 page booklet, with full movie synopsis, producer and composer notes, as well as stills from the location shoot in Western Australia.
Elizabeth Drake is a composer and sound artist for theatre, film, dance and radio. Her latest work is the award-winning soundtrack to the film Japanese Story.
“one of the film's many pleasures ... like another character in the film ... original, delicately played and highly emotional, Japanese Story makes for a haunting listen.” ★★★★★
— Erin Free, Filmink
“Drake's score forms a soundscape that successfully embodies and combines the delicate sensibility of a Japanese tea party with the shimmering ambience of the Australian outback. There are many rewards here ...”Read full review
— Brad Green, Urban Cinefile
- Chinsagu No Hana Elizabeth Drake
- Opening Titles Elizabeth Drake
- "I hate Karaoke" Elizabeth Drake
- Debris In A Desert Elizabeth Drake
- Hotel Elizabeth Drake
- "No more map" Elizabeth Drake
- "Who are you?" Elizabeth Drake
- "Very old rock" Elizabeth Drake
- At The Waterhole Elizabeth Drake
- Driving At Night Elizabeth Drake
- In The Mirror Elizabeth Drake
- "I'd like to be involved" Elizabeth Drake
- Japanese Story [Closing Credits] Elizabeth Drake
- "Hiromitsu" [Alternate 'At The Waterhole'] Elizabeth Drake
- Night Drive [Unused] Elizabeth Drake
- Shelley Scown · vocals
- Satsuki Odamura · koto and shamisen
- John Phillips · guitar
- Peter Neville · percussion
- Peter Jones · drums
Where to buy
This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia including Readings.