Ryuichi Sakamoto “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”… A mysterious tone that has not faded after 40 years | Latest movie news MOVIE WALKER PRESS

From December 11th to 12th, 2022, Japan’s leading musician Ryuichi Sakamoto delivered a piano solo concert “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano 2022” to 30 countries and regions. The concert was held at NHK Broadcasting Center’s 509 Studio, which Sakamoto calls “the best studio in Japan”, and many famous songs such as “Ichimei – small happiness ~ reminiscence”, “Aqua” and “The Last Emperor” were performed.

On January 5, NHK broadcasted a special program titled “Ryuichi Sakamoto Playing the Piano in NHK & Behind the Scenes,” which took a closer look at the concert’s behind-the-scenes stage. He also talked about his thoughts on The climax of the solo concert was Sakamoto’s representative song, “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” the main theme of the movie “Merry Christmas on the Battlefield” (83). As this song celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we would like to look back on the history and unique charm of this song that has been loved by people all over the world.

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YMO, Ryuichi Sakamoto, who was also active as a soloist, challenges film music with “Senmeri”

“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” was born at a turning point in his music life. The music group “Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO)” formed by Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi and others released two albums in 1981, “BGM” and “Technodelic”. Furthermore, after a prolific period in which Sakamoto himself released his solo album “Left Hand Dream”, in 1982 he formed a duet with Kiyoshiro Imawano of RC Succession and released “I-Ke-Na-I Rouge”. Magic” was a big hit. There, Sakamoto showed a different side from YMO’s “Professor”.

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After making his debut as a film composer with
After making his debut as a film composer with “Senmeri”, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score with “The Last Emperor”.Photo: SPLASH/Aflo

At the time, Sakamoto may have had the desire to move on from YMO. In 1982, director Nagisa Oshima asked him to appear in Merry Christmas on the Battlefield. Sakamoto later recalled that he said it on the spur of the moment, but film music was a challenging field for him as a young filmmaker.

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