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The Immortal
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Christopher Wong
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 26 October 2018

MovieScore Media once again teams up with Chinese-American composer Christopher Wong and writer/director Victor Vu to release the music from their twelfth collaboration, The Immortal (Người bất tử in Vietnamese). The film tells the story of a man who sells his soul to gain immortality, but ends up with the curse of being hunted through his life and never being able to have a permanent relationship with anyone...

Christopher Wong (Loi Bao; Sword of the Assassin; Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) delivers another enjoyable and deeply layered score for The Immortal. The album contains 23 tracks (58 min, 44 sec) and houses quite a few memorable themes. However, it's a soundtrack that grows on you the more times you listen to it. While you'll enjoy it on a first play through, it's only with repeat listens that you'll pick up on the subtleties and finer points.

Talking about the score, Wong said: "The Immortal was one of the most challenging films I've scored because of the scope of the story. The story starts in French colonial Vietnam in 1915 and spans to the present time, so developing a game plan on how the music should support the narrative was tricky. Also, the main character begins the story tragically and in conflict, then strives for redemption later in the film, so finding the right balance of musical sympathy towards the character was difficult as well. In my twelfth feature film collaboration with director Victor Vu, this was the film we had to talk about the most, to figure out all the puzzles in this story. I feel our efforts brought forth something wonderful and I am excited for the audience to hear this music."

A rich and varied score that's well worth investing a lot of time in.


Darren Rea

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