Mifune (L, caked in age make up), cinematographer Asakazu Nakai, and Kurosawa on set for “生きものの記録” (1955), alternately translated as “Record of a Living Being” and “I Live in Fear.”
The film was the final collaboratin between Kurosawa and composer Fumio Hayasaka, who died of tuburculosis during filming. The two worked together beginning with “Druken Angel” (1948).
Masaru Sato, Hayasaka’s protegee, would finish the score for the film and work with Kurosawa on numerous subsequent projects. Sato’s iconic themes for “Yojimbo” and “Sanjuro” are among the most well known music from Kurosawa’s films.