Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.55
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence: Soundtrack From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Soundtrack, October 11, 1994
"Please retry"
$161.23 $23.58

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.

Editorial Reviews

Actor and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the world's best musicians. He creates music with a unique style that combines western, classical, symphonic composition, Japanese traditional sounds and experimental electronic music. Out of print for many years until now, the soundtrack also contains a vocal performance by David Sylvian, best remembered as leader of the popular U.K. rock band Japan.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  2. Batavia
  3. Germination
  4. A Hearty Breakfast
  5. Before The War
  6. The Seed And The Sower
  7. A Brief Encounter
  8. Ride, Ride, Ride (Celliers' Brother's Song)
  9. The Fight
  10. Father Christmas
  11. Dismissed
  12. Assembly
  13. Beyond Reason
  14. Sowing The Seed
  15. 23rd Psalm
  16. Last Regrets
  17. Ride, Ride, Ride (Reprise)
  18. The Seed
  19. Forbidden Colours


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 2, 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000015IO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Ryuichi Sakamoto Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Gavin Wilson on June 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although this CD stands on its own very well -- and indeed was the most compelling soundtrack of 1983 -- it's hard to consider it totally separately from Sakomoto's other OST masterpiece, 1987's 'The Last Emperor'. Both movies had oriental themes and settings, but whereas 'The Last Emperor' was a largely acoustic / orchestral venture for Sakomoto, this is all-electronic.
'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' has two stand-out themes: the title theme (tracks #1, #10 and #19), and 'Sowing the Seed' (track #14). Both are excellent and unforgettable. The rest are sketches which provide a magnificent aural background to the dramatic events that unfold at the Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. I feel you have to see the movie to fully appreciate Sakomoto's intent, though the sight of David Bowie dressed as a schoolboy for one scene may be hard to take!
The final track, 'Forbidden Colours', deserves a mention, because this was the single released to promote the movie. It sounds as if Sakomoto and Seigen Ono created the entire instrumental soundtrack in Tokyo, but then the western producer decided a vocal-based track was needed for the single. I would guess that the opening instrumental track was sent to David Sylvian -- please tell me that he wasn't picked just because he sang for a band called 'Japan'! -- who then pasted his vocals over the top.
The single did reasonably well in the UK charts, but DJs quickly realised that the instrumental B-side -- i.e. the theme with the Sylvian vocal stripped out -- had more commercial merit. And this is the theme that everyone remembers the movie for. But over the years, David Sylvian's song has really grown on me.
Read more ›
Comment 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This CD disappeared for some time, I remember hunting for years to find it again. This re-release gives fans of the movie and the two artists another chance to listen to a fine Sakamoto piece. Sakamoto was in Yellow Magic orchestra, Sylvian in Japan and then on his own. The collaboration with Sylvian is one of many: Bamboo Music/Bamboo Houses and Sylvian's first 3 solo albums -- all amazing when Sakamoto adds his unique keyboard touches. "Forbidden Colors" stands away from the rest of the album, I think, a wonderful song, one of my favorites.
Buy the movie, it's still available, enjoy Bowie against Sakamoto and Tom Conti's fine performance. Then, you'll need this album.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on May 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to the 1983 feature film "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence". Sakamoto, who was in the now-legendary New Wave/synth group Yellow Magic Orchestra, composed and performed the entire evocative score. Addtionally, Sakamoto starred as a Japanese POW camp commandant, along with British POW's Tom Conti and David Bowie (as an Australian commando). The movie, while a disappointment at the box office, is quite an experience; a strange drama set in a Japanese-run POW camp in the Dutch East Indies in World War II, but worth watching. The ending is emotional; you may shed a few tears at the end!
As good as the film is, the soundtrack is stunning, especially the title track; it's haunting, mesmorizing, and powerful. (The only clunker is the David Sylvian vocal on the "reprise" at the end, which was not on the film's soundtrack.)
At the very least, get this brilliant soundtrack!
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I watched the movie for the first time when I was 21.
I listened to the entire soundtrack for the first time when I was 18.
I have known the melody of the title theme....since I was in elementary school.
I always whistled this melody without knowing what the music was called or who it was by.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence was the soundtrack of my life.
PS.
I have recently noticed the track #2 on disc #2 of the compilation Clicks & Cuts 3 (on Mille Plateaux), by Antonelli Electr., starts with a melody that is very remniscent of one of the short tracks on Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. It made me really excited...
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This music is wonderful, wether or not you've seen the movie. The movie is great too. Its about Power and Control, which most things in the world are based on. Everyone wants to be in power and will do anything to get there or keep it there. The movie is about the ruler and somebody who won't be ruled. The soundtrack is wonderful.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent soundtrack.. I have been listening to it for over 13 years. Reviews are not my forte but believe me its good. by the way I dont see much in these ratings people put in that are less than 4 stars.. strange eh?
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop, movie scores