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Masquerade Hotel
(2019)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Naoki Sato

Conducted by:
Atsushi Takahashi
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nippon Colombia (Japan)
(January 16th, 2019)
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Commercial Japanese release only, initially available elsewhere in the world for $25 to $30 as an export from Asian media distributors.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the immensity of Naoki Sato's more engaging works, the composer staying true to form with his overtly melodramatic mannerisms for this glitzy, overstated murder mystery.

Avoid it... if you lack patience for Sato's resoundingly wet, reverb-friendly mixes and his tendency to needlessly repeat the same phrasing and orchestrations without adequate variation within his works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,966
WRITTEN 11/25/20
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Masquerade Hotel: (Naoki Sato) An extravagant and sometimes funny murder mystery set in an opulent Tokyo hotel, 2019's Masquerade Hotel features a wealth of visual and aural glitz but suffers from a tiresome running time and underwhelming conclusion. A police detective trails a serial killer after the GPS coordinates of the next murder are left on a card at each scene, and with the grand, European-style hotel Cortesia as the next locale for the villain, the detective goes undercover as a hotel employee to prevent the act. Unfortunately for him, he's unkempt and fails to impress the woman working the hotel's front desk who is tasked with training him. Not surprisingly, romance emerges between them despite their tussling, and the movie makes the most of the detective being faced with the many humorously unreasonable guest demands as he learns the concierge trade. The movie was directed by Masayuki Suzuki, which meant that collaborator Naoki Sato followed for the score. The two had worked together on 2017's Honnouji Hotel, for which Sato addressed the totally unrelated hotel topic with a more traditional Japanese score bookended by one of his trademark gorgeous themes. For Masquerade Hotel, Sato supplies music befitting of grandiose mystery and suspense thrillers, playing his role over the top at most points and staying very firmly in his comfort zone. Collectors of Sato's music will recognize immediately the composer's technique for unleashing a superb main theme but largely abandoning it in the mass of the score. Likewise, the composer tends to shift gears wildly in his works, never afraid to jump between genres and emotional modes with little regard for the development of a larger narrative. Also not be missed is Sato's tendency to mix his scores with an immense amount of reverb and depth of symphonic presence, leading to vast size in his music that masks his smaller ensemble sizes and overwhelms individual performers. All of those standard Sato methods are heard in Masquerade Hotel, his structures as divorced from synchronization points as ever and, like the film, the general ambience of the music impressing far more than any structure or performance within. That said, it is more thematically coherent than many Sato scores, so much so that some listeners may find the work annoying repetitive.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 47:21
• 1. Masquerade Hotel - Main Title (3:58)
• 2. Katagiri Yoko (5:03)
• 3. Serial Murder Case (Renzoku Satsujin Jiken) (2:44)
• 4. Notice (Yokoku) (2:18)
• 5. Room 508 (508 Goushitsu) (3:34)
• 6. Checkout (Chekkuauto) (2:17)
• 7. First-Class Hotel Man (Ichiryuu No Hotel Man) (3:51)
• 8. Accomplice (Kyouhan Sha) (2:41)
• 9. Alibi (Aribai) (2:48)
• 10. New Facts (Sin Jijitsu) (2:40)
• 11. X4 (4:55)
• 12. Five Rooms (Itsutsu No Heya) (3:28)
• 13. Perfect Plan (Kanpeki Na Keikaku) (3:11)
• 14. Masquerade Hotel - End Title (3:58)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a list of performers and notes in Japanese from the director about working with Sato (including going out for drinks) and from Sato about writing the score for so many characters with a short time to do so.
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