Cross Fire - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
International Title
Music By: Kow Otani
Record Label: Nippon Columba
Running Time: 50:00 Discs: 1
Release: June 2000 CD Number: COCP-30974
Anthony Romero
This score for the 2000 science fiction film Pyrokinesis is certainly an interesting album for those who enjoy composer Kow Otani's work. This score more or less bridges the gap between Otani's styles, as the soundtrack contains some cues that sound like they were taken directly out of his Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) score, while others are synthesizer heavy like some of the composer's later work such as Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001). It's not one of his better scores, but has enough going for it to be enjoyable.

In terms of the soundtrack's strength, it has amazing piano work that is seen in themes like "Age of Madness", which is incredibly soothing and probably the standout cue from the disc. The very majestic "Goddess of the Century's End" is also an excellent piece, bordering on soothing at first but builds into a great theme that was used effectively for the movie's climax.

Despite some strong cue's, the score's biggest hurdle is simply that the compositions just don't sound very "rich" as we have come to expect from the composer's Gamera soundtracks; of course this isn't particularly Otani's fault, as it sounds like he was given a very modest orchestra for this production. As a result, the score mostly seems to fall back on simpler and more subtle motifs, although there are a couple of odd balls thrown in such as the deliciously over the top "An Unpunished Crime" and the very video game-esque "A Mysterious Incident".

Bottom line, this isn't a particularly great score, but there is enough here to recommend for fans of the composer or the film in general. As a whole, its nothing spectacular, but a few themes really standout and are what I would consider "iPod worthy".
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Title
  2. Ominous Premonition
  3. Fear
  4. Tragedy Begins
  5. Age of Madness
  6. An Unpunished Crime
  7. Grim Determination
  8. Forbidden Power
  9. Desperate Thinking
  10. A Tragic Power
  11. The Chosen People of Power
  12. The Iron Hammer of Justice
  13. Execution Out of Anger
  14. To the Plaza
  15. Immense Grief
  16. A Mysterious Incident
  17. Female Junko Aoki
  18. Fateful Meeting
  19. In the Snow
  20. Thoughts of Each Other
  21. Tragic Confusion
  22. A Huge and Dangerous Trap
  23. Cross Fire
  24. Goddess of the Century's End
  25. Judgement for a Brutal Crime
  26. Goodbye
  27. Eternal Flame
  28. Cross Fire - Epilogue