Ah well, moving on. Having already viewed a few entries in Tamura's extensive filmography, it never occurred to me that the veteran actor sings or had a short foray in the music business whatsoever like many others I've seen. In fact, if I'm not wrong, an episode of "Furuhata Ninzaburo" (古畑任三郎) sort of poked fun at his seeming inability to sing - assuming that the voice on the tape was really his. Still, how funny would it be to see Mr. Furuhata belting out some kind of song?
Then I found "Sora Ippai no Namida". Oh boy was this a rare and lucky find! I listened to it immediately upon finding it with an initial mix of apprehension and amusement, and the moment I heard that rumbling voice of his reach my eager ears it turned to pure amusement and I couldn't stop a grin from spreading across my face. He doesn't sound exceptionally terrible but let's just say that I'm very, very glad that he stuck to acting. And now I know why his singing ability was made fun of.
As for the music, it's pretty unique and has a Western vibe with that quick pace and the electric guitar. I'm unable to find the lyrics, but judging from the way Tamura belted it out it seems like one of those heartfelt ballads that a main character in a movie would dedicate to his special one. On the other hand, it could also possibly be a one of anguish after a break up.
There isn't much information on "Sora Ippai no Namida", not even who had written and composed it, the only thing I managed to find thus far was that it was released in 1966 and was used as the theme song to a movie of the same name with Tamura in the lead role with actress Akiko Nakamura (中村晃子) cast alongside him.
|A scene from "Sora Ippai no Namida", the|