Akira Ifukube did not compose original film music during the 1980s, nor after the year 1995. However, several films from both time periods did use his music. Godzilla Fantasia (1984) is a collection of film clips from several of the tokusatsu (special effects) films Ifukube scored for Toho. The music used to accompany these clips is actually taken from his three Symphonic Fantasias that were composed in 1983. In the 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante, Ifukube's orginal Godzilla theme is used to great effect when the title monster rises out of the volcano of Mt. Mihara.

In the year 2000, two American films, Boiler Room and Charlie's Angels, used Ifukube's Godzilla theme, though the composer was not credited for the music. The Ifukube music in Charlie's Angels is actually heard in the context of a rap song called Simon Says, a 1999 hit by Pharoahe Monch. The Ifukube sample was lifted from the 1992 Godzilla vs. Mothra soundtrack, and Mr. Monch was sued by Toho in 2001 for using the theme without permission.

In 2001 and 2004 respectively, two Japanese Godzilla films, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack and Godzilla: Final Wars used Ifukube's Godzilla theme, but the composer was credited in those instances.


Gojira Fantajî: SF Kôkyô Fantajî (Godzilla Fantasia) (Music used: Ifukube's Symphonic Fantasias 1, 2 and 3)


Gojira tai biorante (Godzilla vs. Biollante) (Music used: Godzilla theme)


Boiler Room (Music used: Godzilla theme, composer uncredited)

Charlie's Angels (Music used: Godzilla theme, composer uncredited)


Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack) (Music used: Godzilla theme)


Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (Godzilla: Final Wars) (Music used: Godzilla theme)

Thanks to Sam Scali for providing information on the use of Ifukube's Godzilla theme in Charlie's Angels (2000).

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