Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
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Best Movie Soundtracks - 1980s
3. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto gained international fame for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Not only did he write the music, with the main theme and 'Forbidden Colours' proving particularly popular, but he also starred in it alongside David Bowie and Tom Conti. The film tells the story of four men in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, based on Laurens van der Post's experiences during World War II as a prisoner of war as depicted in his works The Seed and the Sower and The Night of the New Moon.