Kenji Sawada

  1. Ryûichi Sakamoto, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, UK-Japan, 1982.     The Japanese singer-actor Sawada was  director Nagisa Oshima’s initial choice for the Mishima-esque Captain Yonoi.  His  concert tour intervened but he greatly assisted the  movie – by suggesting David Bowie  as  Yonoi’s POW, Major Jack Celliers (clearly inspired by Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence of Arabia).  Rock star Sakamoto also scored the film –  a rare double whammy repeated for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, which won him a 1998 Oscar.

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