Uematsu's vocalist of choice for his beautiful love song, Eyes on Me, was the highly successful Faye Wong. Final Fantasy VIII was SquareSoft’s most cinematic game yet and the inclusion of a theme song to accompany it seemed logical – and who better for the part than this Asian gem. Uematsu chose Faye Wong not only for her popularity, but because he believed her voice perfectly matched the spirit and expression needed to convey the character of Julia Heartily, who, in the game, writes the song to express her feelings towards Laguna Loire.
Convincing Wong to record the song proved to be a difficult matter in the presence of her already demanding and hectic schedule. With a paycheck of $1,000,000 in her pocket, she finally took on the task and it is even rumored that she recorded the song in only one take without rehearsal.
Wong’s career began when she arrived in Hong Kong at the age of 18. After a brief period modeling, she took up singing lessons and a year later she had signed her first recording contract. Her first album, The Day With No Patience, was a huge success and following this, she went to New York to study music. She then returned to Hong Kong and released many more albums, winning several awards along the way.
Faye Wong is also a highly successful actress. She starred in Kar-Wai’s 1994 film Chungking Express, where she picked up a Best Actress award in Sweden. While now unfortunately divorced, she lives happily with her child called Dou Jingtong, born in 1997.
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