Fumio Hayasaka
 Date of birth:
      August 19th, 1914
 Date of death:
      October 15th, 1955

Remembered as Akira Kurosawa's composer of choice on his earlier films, Fumio Hayasaka was often heralded as Japan's greatest film composer in his day. During his 14 years of composing, Hayasaka had managed to create numerous themes that have endured the test of time; however, beyond his own work, Hayasaka also studied with Toru Takemitsu and taught Masaru Sato, who would end up becoming Kurosawa's composer of choice from 1956 to 1965. Also, Hayasaka would end up recommending Akira Ifukube to Toho studios in the mid 1940's. Unfortunatly, Hayasaka died at the tragically young age of 41 from tuberculosis; at the time of his death, the score for Kurosawa's I Live in Fear (1955) had yet to be finished, and the score ended up being completed by his pupil, Sato.

Composer Toho Filmography
White Heron (1941)
Map for Mother (1942)
Actress (1947)
Drunken Angel (1948)
Stray Dog (1949)
Escape at Dawn (1950)
Repast (1951)
The Lady from Musashino (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Smuggling Ship (1954)
Kimishin ni owau koto nakare (1954)
I Live in Fear (1955)
Hiba Arborvitae Story (1955)
Happiness Is Under That Star (1956)