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Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden
I'm a little proud that so many liked my pick "Secret Garden", but for me it's no contest. "Yumeji's Theme" is my lost great soundtrack (I forgot about it for the 2000 poll).

Bracket 3.1.6
Berryz Kobo - Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
An even more famous soundtrack.

Bracket 3.1.7
Yamaguchi Goro - Kokû-Reibo (Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky)
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha
This was a difficult choice. "Kokû-Reibo" is stunning although I'm sure I would vote for "Lahaha" if that was the stand-out from what I usually listen to.

Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van
The Fantastic Plastic Machine Philter
Another great find!


Stephan, do as you wish with my late vote.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Bracket 3.1.5
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden

Bracket 3.1.6
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Bracket 3.1.7
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha

Bracket 3.1.8
The Fantastic Plastic Machine - Philter

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

The Spotify playlist with only 4 songs more but including the lengthy Yamaguchi Goro piece.


Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden
Like Stephan and Dan pointed, a difficult choice. Umebayashi's song is majestic but I would choose Yokota's one because it sounds more Eastern (apart of its mysterious ambiance).


Bracket 3.1.6
Berryz Kobo - Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
A shut-out is expected in this bracket. A quite decent teen-pop that has no options against Sakamoto's masterpiece. The original instrumental version is outstanding but the vocal version with David Sylvian (Forbidden Colours) is (arguably) even better and the (solo piano version) is excellent too (all three versions were released in 1983). And mainly because of this wonderful pentatonic melodic line (D E D A D, D E D E G E D E D A C, C B G E) immediately evocative of the Far East. My candidate for winning the East Asia part of this game.


Bracket 3.1.7
Yamaguchi Goro - Kokû-Reibo (Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky)
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha
"Kokû-Reibo" is great, it's amazing how the performer achieves so much with so little (the shakuhachi is simply a wooden flute with only 5 holes), the variety of nuances here is impressive and mostly due to the mastery of Yamaguchi. But I'm sad for not voting for "Lahaha", absolutely delicious.


Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van
The Fantastic Plastic Machine - Philter
Fantastic songs. I'm going to chose this obscure Vietnamese psychedelic-soul gem nominated by Mindrocker but the Shibuya-kei easy-listening piece nominated by Greg is outstanding too.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme 9
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden 7.5

I really love this instrumental, not only for its beauty but also because it captures the essence of the movie so well. Elegant, romantic. It took me time to get used to the other song (me and electronic music) but it's also a great song


Bracket 3.1.6
Berryz Kobo - Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai 5
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 8.5
There is worse dance pop than "Anata Nashi" but sure it's not the kind of music I want to have as a ringtone. The Sakamoto song is a great classic, so reminiscent of the early 80s !

Last 2 brackets were very very tight


Bracket 3.1.7
Yamaguchi Goro - Kokû-Reibo (Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky) 7.5
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha 7

Zen flute. Amazing because not boring at all. Highly spiritual. i like that. Lahaha is a good indie pop song.

Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van 7.5
The Fantastic Plastic Machine Philter 7.5

I love both songs, both evocative of the seventies, but I have a penchant for the second one, soo kitsch and elegant with its trumpet. Great choice bro. I'll be happy if either wins.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme 8
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden 9

Great movie, In The Mood For Love. With something that recognizable it's hard to separate out the emotions you already associate with it. But love the textured electronic stuff it's up against.

Berryz Kobo - Anata Nashi de wa Kitie Yukenai 4
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas 7

J-kiddie-bop loses every time with me.

Yamaguchi Goro - Koku-Reibo 6
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha 8

Sorry Nicolas.

Than Mai - Toc Mai Toc Van Soi Van 8
The Fantastic Plastic Machine - Philter 7

A little more interesting

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

BillAdama

With something that recognizable it's hard to separate out the emotions you already associate with it.


Separate out the emotions ? Why should you need to do that ? Strange thought. If I like a song, it's because of its emotional and evocative power. Why shouldn't we trust our emotions in music ?

BillAdama
Sorry Nicolas


. No harm. The Yamaguchi Goro song is very special.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

nicolas
BillAdama

With something that recognizable it's hard to separate out the emotions you already associate with it.


Separate out the emotions ? Why should you need to do that ? Strange thought. If I like a song, it's because of its emotional and evocative power. Why shouldn't we trust our emotions in music ?



Because a lot of those emotions were generated by the movie, not the song.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme

Bracket 3.1.6
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Bracket 3.1.7
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha

Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden

Neither song is really my thing, but Yumeji's Theme feels too much like the usual faux-classical movie soundtrack stuff.

Bracket 3.1.6
Berryz Kobo - Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

No contest, although Sakamoto's synths do sound a little dated to me.

Bracket 3.1.7
Yamaguchi Goro - Kokû-Reibo (Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky)
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha

So close, and very hard to even compare the two songs. So I'll have to go with my gut first reaction, though I could wake up tomorrow and feel the opposite.

Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van
The Fantastic Plastic Machine Philter

Probably my favorite song this round.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme
Off the soundtrack of one of my favorite movies.

Bracket 3.1.6
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
The version with David Sylvian' vocals, "Forbidden colours" is also beautiful

Bracket 3.1.7
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha
Nice animation

Bracket 3.1.8
The Fantastic Plastic Machine - Philter

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

The Two first are famous Soundtracks and far better than the others.


Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme

Bracket 3.1.6
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van
I don't like the "Easy listening" second song.

Re: AM Foreign World Cup: Round 1 - East Asia (Part 2)

I counted your vote Henrik, as I always will if you post before I start collating; the more the merrier. In any case, it did not change any of the results:

Bracket 3.1.5
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme - 7
Susumu Yokota - Secret Garden - 5

Bracket 3.1.6
Berryz Kobo - Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai - 0
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - 12

Bracket 3.1.7
Yamaguchi Goro - Kokû-Reibo (Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky) - 4
Shugo Tokumaru - Lahaha - 7

Bracket 3.1.8
Than Mai - Tóc Mai Toc Van Soi Van - 9
The Fantastic Plastic Machine Philter - 3