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Gaku (Peak: The Rescuers)
(2011)
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Composed by:
Naoki Sato

Produced by:
Kyoko Kitahara
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Warner Music Japan
(April 27th, 2011)
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Commercial Japanese release only, initially available elsewhere in the world for $30 to $40 as an export from Asian media distributors. Limited supplies were later offered by American soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if beautiful lyricism for orchestra and penny/tin whistle melts your heart without fail, Naoki Sato once again responding to the vistas of snowy slopes with melodic grace of immense resonance.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear Sato generate fresh new ideas for his suspense and action material in this circumstance, a functional facet of the work that does not rival the best of his prior efforts as well as the stunning melodic portions do.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,723
WRITTEN 1/27/12
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Gaku (Peak: The Rescuers): (Naoki Sato) The Japanese manga "Gaku: Minna no Yama" has been a popular seller in its home country over the late 2000's, and a 2011 cinematic adaptation collected many of the basic storylines of those comics into one mountaineering character drama. The concept deals with the adventures and interpersonal melodrama involved with volunteer rescuers based in the Japanese Alps, the story focusing on veteran mountain climber Sanpo Shimazaki and his efforts to save lives while training a young rescuer, Kumi Shiina, who wishes to follow in her father's footsteps in the occupation. Among the lessons of Gaku (known internationally as Peak: The Rescuers) is the inevitable loss ratio that a rescuer must contend with, for less experienced climbers are destined to die on the mountains regardless of any attempt to save them. The movie reinforces that mother nature is in control, ultimately overshadowing extended scenes of dramatic character interaction with high stakes peril on missions that lead to death and dismemberment (the latter the source of some controversy by establishing a 127 Hours-like amputation scenario). The movie performed reasonably well in Japan early in the summer season, also making an appearance in the film festival circuit in Australia. With its incredible vistas and intensely personal story elements, the soundtrack for Peak: The Rescuers was a solid fit for Japanese composer Naoki Sato. The rising star in his home nation is familiar with both character dramas (which led to his winning of a Japanese Academy Award in the mid-2000's) and the immensity of snowy slopes (having tackled the more light-hearted skiing drama Silver Season a few years later), and you not unexpectedly hear mannerisms for those prior works melded for the large-scale orchestral and electronic music in Peak: The Rescuers. There is nothing about this soundtrack that really required Sato to explore new stylistic territory. The composer has always been very proficient in the merging of organic and synthetic tones, often layering vocal effects and interesting soloists into his thematic expressions. His accessibly tonal presentation of melodies is often simplistic in construct, but he maintains interest through the use of stunning resonance and crisply applied counterpoint. When in "string drama" mode, he can lull even the most irritable infant to sleep, and when running wild with contemporary rhythmic loops, he manages to avoid, with a few exceptions, comparisons to the popular American action methods of Hans Zimmer and his associates.



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Average: 3.27 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
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* 17 1 Stars
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At long last!...
KK - February 27, 2012, at 6:53 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:20
• 1. Crevasse (6:42)
• 2. Gaku (2:56)
• 3. Sanpo (1:06)
• 4. Kita Alps De (1:43)
• 5. Otokomeshi (1:50)
• 6. Tenbyouiwa (2:21)
• 7. Fall (1:08)
• 8. Kattou (1:38)
• 9. Yami (2:02)
• 10. Amateur (1:07)
• 11. Inochi (4:34)
• 12. Kumi He (2:13)
• 13. Tajuu Sounan (4:31)
• 14. Air Rescue (3:30)
• 15. Bakudan (5:07)
• 16. Nadare (2:25)
• 17. Hyoubaku (1:46)
• 18. Ikiro (1:47)
• 19. Kyuushutsu (2:54)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about both the film and the composer, all of which in Japanese.
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