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.
There are times when Iron Chef reaches the level of sophisticated humor that one usually associates with TV wrestling.The ongoing personal feud between chef Toshira Kandagawa and Kitchen Stadium’s champions is one example.
This episode presents the Stadium’s 100th challenger.
“And who will do justice to this ceremonial occasion?” ponders Chairman Kaga.“I have chosen a challenger whom I remember most vividly.This man’s face, and voice, kept popping up in my mind.”
“Kaga-san,” Kandagawa says, “I’m so grateful to you for choosing me as a hundredth challenger.I’ll give it everything.Everything I’ve got!You’ve got my word on that!”
This is not Kandagawa’s first appearance in Kitchen Stadium; he battled Chen in the Flounder battle.This time around, he takes on Sakai, which surprises the IC French.The viewer is whipped into a salivating frenzy as the two chefs trade comments that become hotter and spicier than the previous.
Kandagawa enters the Stadium with a full retinue of stooges.After a grimly cordial greeting, Kaga gestures downward.“And may I ask why you’re wearing yellow shoes?”
“Yeah, well, I’ll tell ya somethin’, fella.You won’t be laughin’ at my shoes, after I win!”
“Hai!” snaps Kaga.
After Sakai is formally chosen, the ingredient is revealed:Lotus root.
Today, I present another ICC Exclusive Japanese language episode: the Mantis Shrimp battle between Chen Kenichi and sushi artisan Yoshikazu Matsuno. (Click on his name to go to the home page of his restaurant.) The challenger is a sushi chef from Yokohama who is a favorite of famous athletes and entertainers. He began his training at the age of 16. Chairman Kaga calls him a “sushi craftsman.”
Here are some things for which to look when watching this episode. (If I am way off on anything I think is happening, please let me know so I can correct it.)
I don’t think Chen looked too excited about the theme when it was announced. He even told Ohta that it was “difficult,” and wondered what he was going to do with live shako.)
I think the challenger said it was his first time using it.
This is a live ingredient. Check out the looks on the guests faces when Chen drops a batch of live mantis shrimp into the oil.
The challenger seems to handle the wok pretty well when making his squid-ink fried rice (IkasumiChahan).
The Iron Chef sent one of his assistants over to the challenger’s side to steal some sushi rice.
Everybody laughs at Chen’s attempt at sushi.
The female guest isn’t too sure about the Shako dessert the challenger is preparing.
The challenger couldn’t get his caviar open with only 10 seconds remaining, so they had to cut into the lid to get to it.
Chen said his first time making sushi was fun.
Chen seemed surprised at the verdict. (Good surprise or bad surprise? You’ll have to watch it.)
Of course, this episode is presented as it aired on Fuji TV 12 years ago. All breaks and commercials are intact. Remember that Nissan was the sole sponsor when this episode aired, so all of the commercials are for Nissan. (Keep an eye out for a young Ichiro Suzuki in one of the commercials.) The episode is in Japanese with no subtitles. Enjoy.
New in the Database this week: Mantis Shrimp (Shako) – 527OA – Chen vs. Matsuno