Ryuichi Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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This is a beautiful piece of music by Ryuichi Sakamoto taken from his Trio World Tour in 1996. The first time I heard this piece of instrumental piece over the radio, I was driving. I fell in love with it instantly. I managed to catch his last name ‘Sakamoto’ and tried to Google for more information last night. It wasn’t a problem at all. The Youtube video of it came up in search.

After listening to it, I knew it in my heart that I wanted to share this beautiful instrumental piece with you.

As described by other Youtube’s users: “it seems time is going by so slowly as you listen to this,” “it makes me…..so warm inside,” “it’s like the last thing anyone needs to complete their lives” etc. How do you like it?

Updated 14 July, 2009: The video below was shared by one of the commentors. The video was the vocal version of the above piece of music by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The vocal version was performed with David Sylvian. The name of it is Forbidden Colours.

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42 thoughts on “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

  1. Darshan

    The actual name of the cut is “Forbidden Colours” and had lyrics written by the vocalist on the song, David Sylvian. You can actually read more about the song on Wikipedia.

    The song is indeed greatly beautiful, and Sylvian and Sakamoto have collaborated many times over the years. Search my blog, and you’ll find another hypnotic song that they did much more recently called “I Won’t Be Disappointed”.

    For your enjoyment, and a bit of contrast, here is the YouTube link for the vocal version with Sylvian. The video features footage from the film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”. In it, you will also notice a Japanese officer who is featured heavily in the video. That is actually Sakamoto himself who acted in the movie. . .


    Thanks for finding this version. It was great to hear yet another poignant interpretation of such an amazing piece of music!


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  2. Tim davies

    I brought a tape in the 90s black and white cover named katato or katito or something by sakamoto I looked at every album on iTunes for the cover and couldn’t find it .can anyone help

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Tim, pardon me, I wasn’t to find anything in Google; I believe you must have tried Googling already. Are you able to scan the cover of the tape so that we can have a look at it?