I find Cong Su's remarks, as translated by David Byrne, about wishing for more interest in the arts of China especially poignant, given that, as the only Chinese composer on the film, his work is relegated to but one track - "Lunch" between Peter O'Toole's Reginald Johnston and Wu Tao's young Pu Yi.
Anyway. Let's listen to the music, shall we? After the jump....
George Fenton and Jonas Gwangwa
From best I can tell, this is, similar to the collaboration of Gandhi, Fenton handling more "traditional" scoring and general arrangements while Gwangwa provides the patina of authenticity. Ok!
Empire of the Sun
The Last Emperor
Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su
The Witches of Eastwick
A tough decision, one of the hardest to make so far. Do I side with Oscar's chosen winners or Morricone? I love both so, so, so much. But in the end, my vote goes to.....
SAKAMOTO / BYRNE / SU
THE LAST EMPEROR
Tomorrow: the nominees for Best Actor! Michael Douglas in Wall Street, William Hurt in Broadcast News, Marcello Mastroianni in Dark Eyes, Jack Nicholson in Ironweed, and Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam.