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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

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.

Press quotes

“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 ...”

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— Brad Green, Urban Cinefile

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Chinsagu No Hana Elizabeth Drake
  2. Opening Titles Elizabeth Drake
  3. "I hate Karaoke" Elizabeth Drake
  4. Debris In A Desert Elizabeth Drake
  5. Hotel Elizabeth Drake
  6. "No more map" Elizabeth Drake
  7. "Who are you?" Elizabeth Drake
  8. "Very old rock" Elizabeth Drake
  9. At The Waterhole Elizabeth Drake
  10. Driving At Night Elizabeth Drake
  11. In The Mirror Elizabeth Drake
  12. "I'd like to be involved" Elizabeth Drake
  13. Japanese Story [Closing Credits] Elizabeth Drake
  14. "Hiromitsu" [Alternate 'At The Waterhole'] Elizabeth Drake
  15. Night Drive [Unused] Elizabeth Drake


Where to buy

Japanese Story (Original Soundtrack) is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Japanese Story (Original Soundtrack) is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Ricky Edwards
Peter Winkler
Robin May
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
November 2003
© 2003 Gecko Films
℗ 2003 Move Records
Australian, Orchestral, Soundtrack
Catalogue number
MD 3279
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574327922