Ryuichi Sakamoto Soundtracks Japan's Ice Dancing Event at 2018 Olympics

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Japan's Kana Muramoto and Japan's Chris Reed compete in the figure skating team event ice dance free dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on Feb. 12, 2018. 

Japanese skaters Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed put on a smooth show as they performed their free dance routine to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” during the Winter Olympics. 

The pair failed to medal but won fans as they went out to the instrumental title track to the 1983 film, which starred Sakamoto and David Bowie

Sakamoto, who has battled with throat cancer, recently spoke with The Guardian about his “great regret” of failing to reconnect with Bowie when they were both living in downtown New York.

Sakamoto’s forthcoming album, Glass with Alva Noto, is scheduled for release on Feb. 16. The experimental artist last year released Async, his first solo effort in seven years

Watch the performance below.


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