Melodies add a
lot to a film, helping
it tell its story.
I’ve been thinking about soundtracks lately, putting together playlists on my tablet or rather transferring them from my laptop and adding more as I went along. I love music and rarely let a day go by without listening to something. I’ve various playlists but my soundtrack playlist is probably one of the longer ones.
I’ve been meaning to add something to this blog about the music in Japanese or Japanese-related films I’ve seen so now I have. I’ve added a page Movie Melodies just under Films worth a look (while Dramas and Documentaries is now a heading of its own as you can see).
Regarding Cafe Lumière, I think the actress who sings the closing credits is the actress who plays the girlfriend of Yoko’s chef friend and not the lead actress, Yoko, though she is or was a singer herself. Nice song. I’ve just now remembered another film whose main theme I have to add. Funny how one song can lead to you thinking of another even though the two films are very different. I’ve heard that Hiroyuki Sanada has a very fine singing voice and whether he sang or not the theme tune or a version of it to Twilight Samurai, that’s what made me think of it – lead actors or actresses singing in films or on the film score.
It’s funny but usually, with Hollywood films at least, I tend to roll my eyes when I hear that the actors contributed to the soundtracks. I tend to think ‘Aren’t they indulged enough already without people telling them they can sing!’ Maybe this sounds mean I don’t know and I don’t care. They’re strangers, not people I know. Plus they could be depriving some little known singer of potential fame gained by appearing on the soundtrack. However, there is one exception I can think of. Tim Blake Nelson is said to have sang ALL his parts both in the film scenes and on the soundtrack of Oh Brother Where Art Thou – a fantastic film and film score – while his co-stars only lip-synced or mimed the words. I’d believe it too. I guess some actors and actresses can actually sing. Another exception is Holly Hunter who actually learned the piano for the film The Piano and that too is an excellent film and score (though I only listen to The Heart seeks Pleasure First, to be honest).
Anyway, back to Japanese films which is what I talk about here. I hope you enjoy these scores and if you’ve any suggestions I’d be glad to hear them.