Masaru Sato
  Composer
 Date of birth:
      May 29th, 1928
      Rumoi, Hokkaido, Japan
 Date of death:
      December 5th, 1999
      Tokyo, Japan
Biography

Student of Fumio Hayasaka's, Masaru Sato really started his career as a composer in 1955, when he landed the coveted role of composing for the second Godzilla film, Godzilla Raids Again (1955). While his score for the second Godzilla movie is often regarded as his worst theatrical scoring, the composer still showed great promise and was teamed up with Ishiro Honda for his next film, Half Human (1955). Unfortunately, Sato's teacher, Hayasaka, died the very same year that Sato began his career at Toho. Stuck with an unfinished score for I Live in Fear (1955), Sato was brought onto the project to finish the soundtrack for the film. Sato's work struck a chord with the director, Akira Kurosawa, who would use Sato on everyone of his films up to Red Beard (1965). Just when his partnership with Kurosawa was ending, though, director Jun Fukuda brought Sato in to score his latest Godzilla film, Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), choosing Sato over the favored Akira Ifukube to work the film. Sato would return to compose for two additional Godzilla films, and its his work on the Godzilla series and his scores for Kurosawa's film that he would be most remembered for.

Composer Toho Filmography
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Half Human (1955)
I Live in Fear (1955)
New Kurama Tengu: Samurai of the Rain (1955)
Vampire Moth (1956)
Throne of Blood (1957)
The Lower Depths (1957)
The Living Koheiji (1957)
Oban (1957)
Oban Continued: State of Affairs Chapter (1957)
Oban Recommence: Stormy Chapter (1957)
Oban: Final Chapter (1958)
H-Man (1958)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Lips Forbidden to Talk (1959)
Desperado Outpost (1959)
One Day I... (1959)
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
The Gambling Samurai (1960)
Westward Desperado (1960)
The Last Gunfight (1960)
Yojimbo (1961)
Challenge to Live (1961)
The Underworld no Bullet Marks (1961)
Sanjuro (1962)
The Crimson Sky (1962)
Operation Enemy Fort (1962)
Freeloader (1962)
Samurai Pirate (1963)
High and Low (1963)
Warring Clans (1963)
The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman (1963)
Operation X (1963)
The Legacy of the 500,000 (1963)
Oh! My Bomb! (1964)
Could I But Live (1964)
Fort Graveyard (1965)
Red Beard (1965)
Iron Finger (1965)
Samurai Assassin (1965)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
Zero Fighter (1966)
Moment of Terror (1966)
The Mad Atlantic (1966)
Sword of Doom (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Epoch of Murder Madness (1967)
Japan's Longest Day (1967)
River of Forever (1967)
Booted Babe, Busted Boss (1968)
Kill! (1968)
Admiral Yamamoto (1968)
Neck (1968)
Festival of Gion (1968)
Battle of the Japan Sea (1969)
Red Lion (1969)
Mito Komon Manyuki (1969)
Samurai Banners (1969)
Band of Assassins (1969)
Goyokin (1969)
The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan (1970)
City of Beasts (1970)
Incident at Blood Pass (1970)
The Ambitious (1970)
Battle of Okinawa (1971)
The Wolves (1971)
Eternal Cause (1972)
Submersion of Japan (1973)
Long Journey Into Love (1973)
Senile Person (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy (1974)
Battle Cry (1975)
Solar Eclipse (1975)
Between Women and Wives (1976)
Shunkinsho (1976)
The Corporation (1976)
Figure Sanshiro (1977)
Sweet Revenge (1977)
The Alaska Story (1977)
Blue Stigma (1978)
Oh! Nomugi Pass (1979)
Highest Honor (1982)
Oh! The Nomugi Pass: Shinryoku Volume (1982)
Dun-Huang (1988)
Rainbow Kids (1991)
The Tower of Lilies (1995)
After the Rain (2000)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) Minilla's Theme, Mechagodzilla's Theme