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Did some research, since I don't really follow updates for artists. Utada Hikaru has released a new album some time ago this year called "This is the One" and in there, one of the songs caught my attention. The song is called "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI". Why this song? Because the opening music is somehow very oriental and it was a remake song from the main theme of the movie "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence". I don't really know why she choose this music to sing, but all I know is that "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" main theme music has been remade a lot of times.

Depicted from Wikipedia, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI" sang by Utada Hikaru, the lyrics reference to the movie as well. Since I'm no fan of old movies, especially those in the 80's - 90's (of course, I still like P. Ramlee's movies), it kept me curious to want to watch the movie.

The main theme music was composed by Sakamoto Ryuichi, a very soothing song and was ranked among the best in his music. Some remake versions, copied-paste here:


"There is a 12" vinyl remake version on the famous Italian record label DISCOMAGIC named "Clock On 5 - Theme From Furyo."

A cover version of "Forbidden Colours" is included on Hollywood Mon Amour, a collection of songs made famous by their inclusion on soundtracks of movies made in the 1980s, rearranged by Marc Collin of Nouvelle Vague with Nadeah providing the vocals.

In 2000, a re-mix of Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence called Heart of Asia was released in Europe by dance group Watergate.

In 2008, Indonesian singer Anggun used a sample from this song on "Hymne a la vie" -- a track on her album Elevation.

In 2009, Japanese-American pop singer Hikaru Utada used a sample from this song on her second English-language album This Is the One, entitling her song "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI.". The lyrics reference to the movie as well.

The song is also used (in edited form) as the theme song to the...
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