Abduction - Original Soundtrack
International Title

Music By: Takayuki Hattori
Record Label: Nippon Columbia

Running Time: 56:34 Discs: 1
Release: June 1997 CD Number: COCA-14316
I decided to take a chance and purchase this Takayuki Hattori soundtrack, knowing nothing about the music and never having seen the film. I only knew that he was nominated for a Japanese academy award for this score, and that the film was some type of suspense-thriller-drama which apparently involves kidnapping. Since this soundtrack was released in between his 1994 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla score (which I like very much) and his 1999 Godzilla 2000: Millennium score, I surmised that I might enjoy this 1997 effort as well. Surprisingly enough, the film score for Abduction makes for a thoroughly enjoyable stand alone listening experience, and turns out to be one of the composers most well-balanced soundtracks! The opening track “Abduction Prologue”, starts off as a suspense-thriller cue, but closes with Hattori's signature orchestral style from this period. Track three “The Encounter”, is the first time we hear the very beautiful theme that will dominate this score from beginning to end. The sixth track “The Beginning”, opens with a classic Hattori-style military march, while track eleven “Open Homicide”, offers up a different action-style march that will show up again later in the score, and is played very aggressively. Track nineteen “The Decision is Revealed”, is a full-length version of the lovely main theme, and is just an awesome piece of music – somewhat sad, yet very beautiful. The last track “Abduction End Title”, is a slightly different and shorter version of the prior track. Although Hattori's soundtrack work can sometimes be uneven, he is still a very underrated composer, and when he hits his mark (as he does here) the result can come close to being a stand alone listening treat. While Hattori continues to compose film scores and other music today (I hear that many of his recent NHK scores are excellent), I personally find his soundtrack work from the 1990's to be some of my favorites - that catchy, signature style he created for SpaceGodzilla and retained somewhat on Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999), are the ones I tend to seek out. This score is without a doubt one of his best soundtracks, owing to a couple of really nice memorable themes, and is one to own if you can find it!
- Robert Storch 
  1. Abduction Prologue
  2. Ransom
  3. The Encounter
  4. An Unprecedented Demand
  5. The Missing Partner
  6. The Beginning
  7. The Significance of 26 Years Ago
  8. A Somber Motive
  9. The Facts Explained
  10. Vision
  11. Open Homicide
  12. 5 Minute Opening
  13. Perjury
  14. The Secret Decision
  15. The Sad History
  16. The Mystery that Remains
  17. Every Mission
  18. The Astonishing Truth
  19. The Decision is Revealed
  20. Abduction End Title