NHK Blends is a program that gathers traditional Japanese instrumentalists and has them cover a contemporary or a western classical tune.
Not everything works out.
But, I accidentally found this version of Smooth Criminal last year, and I loved it.
[comment on the YT video: Annie daijoubu?]
Yesterday, YT suggestion threw this version up:
[comment on the YT of this man in the wood pile: Annie, are you oak?]
And on digging I found the 2Cellos cover. They have a couple of live concert videos on YT, but I like the tempo on their official video better.
There are more Smooth criminal covers on YT, but I think I’ll stop here for now.