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July 3, 2017

Soundtrack – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

by Record Facts

The musical score for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Sakamoto won the 1983 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music for the film’s soundtrack.












Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog# 205494

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (“Merry Christmas on the Battlefield”), also known in many European editions as Furyo, Japanese for “prisoner of war”), is a 1983 British-Japanese drama film directed by Nagisa Oshima, produced by Jeremy Thomas and starring David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano and Jack Thompson.

The screenplay by Oshima with Paul Mayersberg was based on Sir Laurens van der Post‘s experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II as depicted in his works The Seed and the Sower (1963) and The Night of the New Moon (1970).

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence O.S.T is a soundtrack album for the 1983 film. All compositions on the album are by Sakamoto except “23rd Psalm”, which is a traditional piece, and both “Ride, Ride, Ride” tracks, by Stephen McCurdy. In addition, David Sylvian contributed lyrics and vocals on “Forbidden Colours“.
The film was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d’Or. Sakamoto’s score also won the film a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.


Side one
1.   Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence   (4:36)
2.   Batavia   (1:18)
3.   Germination   (1:49)
4.   A Hearty Breakfast   (1:22)
5.   Before the War   (2:15)
6.   The Seed and the Sower   (5:01)
7.   A Brief Encounter   (2:22)
8.   Ride, Ride, Ride (Celliers’ Brother’s Song)   (1:04)
9.   The Fight   (1:29)

Side two
1.   Father Christmas   (2:07)
2.   Dismissed   (0:09)
3    Assembly   (2:17)
4.   Beyond Reason   (2:01)
5.   Sowing the Seed   (1:54)
6.   23rd Psalm   (2:02)
7.   Last Regrets   (1:43)
8.   Ride, Ride, Ride (Reprise)   (1:05)
9.   The Seed   (1:03)
10.   Forbidden Colours (Vocals by: David Sylvian)   (4:42

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