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Lang Lang and Hans Zimmer come together to score 'Ku Fu Panda 3' / Los Angeles Times

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When Lang Lang was planning to visit L.A. about 12 years ago, he asked his label to arrange a meeting with composer Hans Zimmer, who at the time was scoring "The Last Samurai." Zimmer asked Lang whether the score sounded "Asian enough." "I'm like, 'I don't know where you got it, but you have an Asian heart,' " Lang recalled, laughing.

Lang had been a "superfan" of Zimmer's from the moment he saw "Gladiator." The pianist was 18 when Ridley Scott's epic came out featuring Zimmer's popular, Oscar-nominated score. They've remained friends since that first meeting. So it shouldn't be too surprising that Lang, now 33, would lend his fingers to Zimmer's latest soundtrack - even if it is for the kid flick "Kung Fu Panda 3."

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