Ikuma Dan
 Date of birth:
      April 7th, 1924
      Tokyo, Japan
 Date of death:
      May 17th, 2001
      Suzhou, China

Best known for his work on Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy, Ikuma Dan was an incredibly prolific composer during the "Golden Age of Japanese Cinema." Born in 1924, Dan showed a very early interest in music as he began to learn the piano at age seven. Dan continued his educating in the music field and ended up enrolling in the Tokyo Music Academy in 1942. Two years later, the future composer also enlisted in the Toyama military band school during World War II. After the war and his graduation, Dan signed an exclusive agreement with NHK. During this period, the composer created several popular operas including his famous Twilight Crane in 1952. His success in this regard caught the attention of Toho, as he was brought on to compose his first ever soundtrack for the 1952 production Sword for Hire. Pleased with his work, Toho then signed the composer up under contract in 1954, as Dan would create numerous scores for the company over the years, including as many as seven soundtracks in both 1956 and 1957 for Toho and its affiliates. Dan's success in both film scores and his operas led the composer to be picked to create the opening music for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It was around this time that the composer also briefly took up a more active role in film, writing the story for the 1965 movie We Will Remember, for which he used his own military band experience to help create.

Unfortunately, he left film composition in 1970 at the age of 46, with his last soundtrack being for Ishihara Productions' Grand Everest Descent. Dan continued scoring Operas, though, while he also became active in trying to improve cultural relations between China and Japan; something that he continued to work toward up until 2001 when he passed away while visiting Suzhou, China.

Composer Toho Filmography
Sword for Hire (1952)
Woman of Shanghai (1952)
Red-Light Bases (1953)
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
No. 1 Man (1955)
Love Never Fails (1955)
Love is Shared Like Sweets (1955)
House of Many Pleasures (1955)
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
The Legend of the White Serpent (1956)
The Maiden Courtesan (1956)
Settlement of Love (1956)
The Underworld (1956)
Random Chrysanthemum Tale (1956)
Karakorum Range (1956)
The Men of Tohoku (1957)
First Love Story (1957)
Snow Country (1957)
Iran and Iraq Exploration Chronicles: Mesopotamia (1957)
Muhomatsu, the Rickshaw Man (1958)
Zenta and the Three Tales: The World of Ghosts (1958)
Zenta and the Three Tales: Child in the Wind (1958)
Comedy: Hotel in Front of a Station (1958)
A Thousand Kilometers Under the Equator: Africa Crossing (1958)
Monkey Sun (1959)
Submarine I-57 Will Not Surrender (1959)
Fox and Tanuki (1959)
Saga of the Vagabonds (1959)
The Storm of the Pacific (1960)
The Angry Sea (1960)
Life of a Country Doctor (1960)
The Twilight Story (1960)
The Last War (1961)
The Youth and His Amulet (1961)
Otogi's Voyage Around the World (1962)
New Fox and Tanuki (1962)
Attack Squadron (1963)
Outpost of Hell (1963)
A Woman Named Wife (1963)
The Road to the Tokyo Olympics (1963)
The Roppongi Night: Love, Love (1963)
Madame Aki (1963)
New Happy Couple (1963)
Maid Story (1963)
The Rabble (1964)
The Naked Executive (1964)
Comedy: Cheerful Widow (1964)
The Retreat From Kiska (1965)
We Will Remember (1965)
Bye-Bye Jupiter (1984)

Writer Toho Filmography
We Will Remember (1965)