(Special thanks to Miwa for letting me know about this show.)
Today’s addition to Beyond Kitchen Stadium is a television show that aired on Japanese TV earlier this month (1/4/2013). The Japanese talk show Another Sky featured the original (and only true, in my opinion) chairman Takeshi Kaga. Kaga will be enjoying meals that remind him of his 30th, 40th, 50, and 60th years.
–We first see Kaga travel to Paris to enjoy a dish at the famed La Tour d’Argent.
–He then has a dish prepared by the host of the show to represent his 30th year. He seems pleased and the co-host is pleasantly surprised at his partner’s cooking ability.
–For his 40th year dish, he visits two time Ryouri no Tetsujin challenger Pierre Gagnaire. You might remember him from the France Special where he challenged Iron Chef Sakai. He also took part in the 1995 Iron Chef World Cup. (That one is not on the site yet, but it’s coming soon. If you don’t want to see a spoiler about that episode, skip 10:30-11:10 of this show.)
–He leaves Paris and travels to Kanazawa in the northern part of Japan for his 50th year dish. Of course, Kaga was born in Kanazawa. (And I’m pretty sure he said something about college, so perhaps he went to college there, too.) The restaurant he visits is run by another former Ryouri no Tetsujin challenger, Kawada Yasuo from episode 243 (Angler, vs Michiba). Kaga requests Chawanmushi and he finds if “Delicious.”
–Returning to France for his 60th year dish, he heads to Bergerac for some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region. There he shares a duck dinner and a bottle of wine the same vintage as himself (1950) with the owner of the hotel. Kaga couldn’t leave without visiting a statue of Cyrano de Bergerac since he played the lead role in the musical Cyrano in 2009. And apparently, he is playing the role again 1/6/2013-2/10/2013. (I thought I remembered seeing something about this on my trip. I just looked in my folder of stuff I picked up in Japan on my trip, and I found a flyer for the show that I got in the lobby of the Fuji Television building. I need to scan it and put the picture up when I finally get around to writing about my day in Odaiba. Found it: FRONT, BACK.)
I hope you enjoy this show. It is in Japanese with no subtitles, but I think you will still enjoy seeing our chairman enjoy special dishes to commemorate the milestone years of his life.
In this final installment, I will focus on music cues that have not yet been mentioned in the first three installments of this series, as well as additional usages of cues that have been mentioned in the first three articles and corrections of data presented in those articles.
4TH CONFRONT: THE REST
One of the cues I’ve heard described the most in comments on this series of articles is the music which replaced “Charging Fort Wagner” as the Iron Chefs’ ascension music on 2001-2008 Food Network airings of Iron Chef.
As of this writing, I cannot identify the source of this cue, which has been given the nickname “Yomigaeru” (Japanese for “Come to Life”) here on the Iron Chef Filehouse.
However, due to the so-called “Secret Santa” who made the 1996 “Beijing Decisive Battle” (ICC episode number 441) available to us here on the ICF, we now know that “Yomigaeru” was, in fact, used on the original Japanese version of Iron Chef.
During the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Decisive Battle (see the Part 1 download), “Yomigaeru” can be heard at time code 16 minutes, 19 seconds into the video. “Yomigaeru” plays until time code 16 minutes, 40 seconds into the video (at which time “Charging Fort Wagner” begins as normal).
Here is an example of “Yomigaeru” as used on the post-2001-to-2008 U.S.-dubbed version of Iron Chef (taken from the Fois Gras Battle between Komei Nakamura [in his debut battle as an Iron Chef] and challenger Kiyoshi Suzuki [ICC episode number 410]), followed by its use in the “Beijing Decisive Battle…”
Of the cues I have yet to describe so far, the one heard most often is the Chairman’s entrance fanfare, heard on special occasions, such as the entrance of the New Chairman, Masahiro Motoki, in the 2002 Japan Cup special (ICC episode number 1001).
This fanfare is the theme to the Nobunaga’s Ambition series of historical simulation video games. Here is the fanfare, as used on Iron Chef, taken from an album released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Nobunaga’s Ambition series:
Another of the cues replaced in post-2001-to-2008 English-dubbed episodes of Iron Chef was the music stinger heard after the Chairman’s “Allez Cuisine” start call and the ringing of the Gong of Fate. Originally, this cue was excerpted from the composition “Fanfare for the Common Man,” composed in 1942 by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The “Fanfare for the Common Man” excerpt was subsequently replaced by an excerpt from the cue “335” from the Backdraft soundtrack (exact time code unknown). In addition to the uses described in its entry in the First Confront, “Show Me Your Firetruck” (from the Backdraft soundtrack) provided a third cue. At the end of the challenger’s profile at the beginning of each episode (before the opening sequence), the opening of “Show Me Your Firetruck” (9SMYF time code-0:00 to 0:09) plays as the Chairman implores today’s challenger(s) to do his/her/their best in the Kitchen Stadium. (As an example of this encouragement, say this series of articles is a battle I’m fighting. As a slow-motion shot of me typing at my laptop’s keyboard plays, the Chairman might say… “Now, Raymer! Show us the magic of the music that was used in my Kitchen Stadium!” Just kidding of course, but you get the point.)
Show Me Your Firetruck Implore Cue
In addition to its use in the “Iron Chef World Cup 1997” special (see the Second Confront), the “Star Trek Generations Overture” was also used in the afore-mentioned “Beijing Decisive Battle.”
After the verdict in the Preliminary Battle (part 2 download) (1STGO time code-0:35 to 0:47) plays after Shinichiro Ohta’s interview with Iron Chef Chinese/Szechwan Representative Chen Kenichi as he and Peking Representative Son Rihei celebrate their advancement to the Final Battle.
Star Trek Generations Overture Beijing Advancement Cue
Two additional cues from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (the source of the original tasting panel introductory music) were used in the “Digest” seen at the beginning of the original U.S. version of Part 2 of the “2000th Plate Special” (aired in Japan as one special-episode 631b in the Filehouse database). These two cues were “Yip Man’s Kwoon” (2YMK time code 1:08 to 2:27, at which point the track ends) and “Lee Hoi Chuen’s Love” (3LHCL time code 0:00 to 0:32). Both of these cues played as progress on the All-Chinese Team’s dishes was described.
Yip Man’s Kwoon 2000th Plate excerpt
Yip Man’s Kwoon full track
Lee Hoi Chuen’s Love 2000th Plate excerpt
Lee Hoi Chuen’s Love full track
Also, I have recently discovered that the name of the track from the 1998 film Lost in Space used in Dominique Bouchet’s introductory film in the “Millennium Cup 2000” special (“Thru the Planet”-see the Second Confront) is only the name of the track as it appears on the original TVT Records soundtrack album.
A separate score-only album released by Intrada (the TVT Records release mixes selected score tracks with lyrical songs) contains this track, but under the title “Lost In Space.” The time code data remains the same (20LIS-I time code 0:40-1:07).
At this time, I cannot think of any further cues that I have not touched upon. So, at this time, I must close out the Music of Iron Chef Japan series. Take care. Or, in other words….
In this installment, I will focus on still more movies who contributed music to the original Japanese and Food Network U.S.-dubbed versions of our obsession.
A word of notation before I begin: I do not own the majority of the soundtracks you’re about to see listed here. Therefore, I may not know which particular cue goes with which usage and the exact length of the track used in each case. If you recognize which cues I reference, e-mail me at Blissey01@yahoo.com.
CONFRONT 3: EVEN MORE MOVIE MUSIC
I’d like to thank Keith Brock (you know him as “tuthead”) for providing me with the music list from the late and lamented ironchef.com website, which I used as research material for this article.
First up is Mulan, the 1998 Disney film (and number 36 on the company’s list of “Official Canon” animated features). Composed and conducted by the late Jerry Goldsmith, the soundtrack contributed various cues for episodes in the latter year-and-a-half of Iron Chef‘s run. (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Most noted of these is the “Suite from Mulan” (Track 6 on the Walt Disney Records soundtrack album), which was used during the original U.S. version of the 2000th Plate Special (ICC episode number 631) in a recap of the 1994 Prawn Battle between Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi and challenger Takashi Saito (ICC episode number 238). The recap was shown as part of the “Chairman’s Top 5” dishes countdown, whose Number 1 was Iron Chef Chen’s version of his father Chen Kenmin’s famous Prawns in Chili Sauce.
Three other scores composed by Jerry Goldsmith made their way to Kitchen Stadium as well.
U.S. Marshals—used during the introduction of the 1999 Spiny Lobster Battle between Iron Chef Chen and Grand Chef Xie Huaxian of Hei Chin Rou (ICC episode number 701); (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Air Force One—used in the 21st Century Battle (ICC episode number 901); (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
First Knight—used during the 1999 Stingray Battle between Iron Chef French II Hiroyuki Sakai and challenger Yoshihide Koga (ICC episode number 732). (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
A movie whose music was only used in the original English dubbed version of Iron Chef was Akira, the 1988 anime classic. (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.) Composed by Tsutomu Oohashi (under his pseudonym Shoji Yamashiro) and performed by his ensemble, the Geinoh Yamashirogumi, the Akira soundtrack contributed a cue here described in the list from the late ironchef.com: “Akira” Soundtrack – “Requiem” (track 10) The gong that is heard as we see the chef and challenger are pictured facing each other after the commercial break before the dishes are presented again and before judging is from the anime movie is from seconds 20 to 28 of track 10. This footage is seen in the International Iron Chef seen on the Food Network.
4TH CONFRONT: OTHER MEDIA, PART 1 Three more anime shows/movies had music used on Iron Chef—specifically, in the New York Battle (ICC episode number 802). These cues, all composed by Yoko Kanno (Yoko Kanno Amazon Store), were used in various places during the New York Battle special.
The 1986 musical Variations, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, gives us the original ascension music of Iron Chef Italian Masahiko Kobe. (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Here’s the description from the ironchef.com list:
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Variations” – Used for Kobe’s introduction music. The Song & Dance musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, features singing in act one and dancing in act two. Since act two is just instrumental, it will sometimes be sold separately from the singing portion of the musical. Such is the case for the recording used on the show. The instrumental music is on a CD entitled “Variations” (Philips label, released 1986). Track 11, approx 2:27 – 2:57, is Kobe’s music.
Variations 22-23 (Kobe Excerpt)
Variations 22-23 (Full Track)
When Iron Chef Kobe’s music was replaced for post-2001 airings of the show on Food Network, it was changed to a cue from the anime series The Big O. This cue, entitled “Stoning” (composed by Toshihiko Sahashi) would be used until the music of Iron Chef was totally replaced for post-2008 airings of Iron Chef on the U.S. cable channel Fine Living Network (check out the “Fine Living Version” of the 1998 Mango Battle between Iron Chef Kobe and challenger Yousei Watanabe [ICC episode number 615-B] for an example of the new music).
Stoning (from The Big O)
Finally on our itinerary this time is the 1996 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire media initiative. The soundtrack inspired by the novel and later used in the videogame (composed and conducted by Joel McNeely based on original thematic material composed by John Williams) would contribute two cues (“Imperial City” and “The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace”) to the opening sequence of the U.S. version of the 21st Century Battle (ICC episode number 901).
Both of the Shadows of the Empire cues I just mentioned can be downloaded from Joel McNeely’s official website, which you can find here.
According to some reports, a theme from some incarnation of the Star Trek franchise was used in the original Japanese opening of the 21st Century Battle (and was subsequently replaced in the U.S. by the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire music). However, since I have not seen the OJV of the 21st Century Battle as of the date this article was written, I cannot comment on this myself.
Anyone who has a tape of the OJV (Original Japanese Version) of the 21st Century Battle, please send me an MP3 or video file of the opening at the e-mail address above. If I can correctly identify the Star Trek theme in question, I will properly credit you in a revision of this article.
In our last episode, we’ll wrap up our look at miscellaneous cues not mentioned up to this point.
I’m always surprised at how frequently I come across Iron Chef connections in the other Japanese media I enjoy. While I now actively search for BKS videos, a lot of my early contributions to Beyond Kitchen Stadium were found purely by accident while watching other Japanese shows. Today, I present a few new videos that were found when my other Japanese entertainment interests intersected with Iron Chef.
It’s time for the second installment of this post by a guest author, William Raymer. (Remember, if you purchase any of the soundtracks through the links in the article, you are helping to support the Iron Chef Collection.) –Keith
The Music ofIron Chef Japan, Part II
by William “Blissey” Raymer
This time, I shall focus on some of the lesser-known (compared to the “Triple Crown” films in Part I)films whose music was used on the original Japanese and English-dubbed versions of Iron Chef.
2ND CONFRONT: OTHER FILMS I
Other than the “Triple Crown” films, there are still some other films whose music was used on Iron Chef. Here is a look at some of them.
First up in this section is the score to the 1994 film Star Trek Generations (the seventh film in the Star Trek franchise), which was composed and conducted by Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series composer Dennis McCarthy. (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Track 1, the “Star Trek Generations Overture” (which was used as the film’s end credits) (1STGO time code 0:00 to 0:26) was used in the finals of the unaired-in-America “Iron Chef World Cup 1997” special(ICC episode number 538b) during the pre-verdict entrance of Iron Chef Japanese II/Japan Representative Komei Nakamura and France Representative Alain Passard. (The 0:04 to 0:10 section of the cue was also used to introduce countdown segments in the (also)unaired-in-America “Iron Chef Best 50 Battles” special (unnumbered in ICC episode list).)
Excerpt used in the World Cup 1997.
Next up is composer Bruce Broughton’s score to the 1998 film version of the ’60s sci-fi series Lost in Space. The cue “Thru the Planet” (19TtP time code 0:40 to 1:07) was used during the introductory film of Dominique Bouchet in the unaired-in-America “Iron Chef Millennium Cup 2000” special (ICC episode number 801a). (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Next up is the score to the 1995 film Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, composed and conducted by Graeme Revell. The cue “Freddy to the Rescue” (17FttR time code 0:00 to 0:11) was used in a sequence deleted from the American version of the 2000 “Iron Chef:New York Battle” special (but left intact in the original Japanese broadcast–ICC episode number 802aOA). In this scene, Fukui-san and the four Iron Chefs (Michiba, Morimoto, Sakai and Kobe) are en route to an event at a Harlem community center. The “Freddy to the Rescue” clip plays over the establishing shot of the van bearing Fukui-san and the four ICs.
Excerpt used in show
Next up on our list is the score to 1991′s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed and conducted by Cliff Eidelman. Track 13, the “Star Trek VI Suite” (the film’s end credits) (13ST6S time code 0:00 to 0:11) was used in the unaired-in-America “Iron Chef Best 50 Battles” special (unnumbered on the ICC episode list) during a recap of the 1994 Potato Battle between Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi and challenger Katsuyo Kobayashi (ICC episode number 232), which was at #10 on the Best 50 Battles list. (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Our next stop is the 1999 film Wing Commander. The theme of the film, composed by David Arnold (01O time index 0:11 to 0:42) (For the record, the other cues in the Wing Commander score were composed by Kevin Kiner), was used as Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai’s personal entrance theme during the original Japanese version of the “King of Iron Chefs Tournament.” You can hear the Wing Commander theme during Sakai’s entrance to the “Grand Finale” (ICC episode number 736cOA). (Click Here to purchase this soundtrack.)
Excerpt used on show
In the next installment, we will focus on even more films whose music was used on the original Iron Chef. We will also focus on items from other media, such as TV shows and video games, whose music was also used.
Takeshi Kaga is still active on Japanese television. Today, I present a short clip of The Chairman from the new Japanese drama Dandy Daddy?. He plays Sasaki Taizo, a literary critic who seems to play a foil to the main character. In the two episodes I have watched, Kaga appears primarily on the TV show within the TV show. These episodes aired new in Japan about a month ago. This video contains all of Kaga’s scenes during the first two episodes of the series. (If anyone is interested in watching the entire episodes, contact me and I can point you in the right direction.) If Kaga’s role in this drama increases, I can post more video of his appearances. I never knew the Chairman Kaga had a Scooby Doo laugh.