Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

PG 102 mins

About the film

Release Date: Oct 25, 2018
Director: Stephen Nomura Schible
Actors: Ryuichi Sakamoto
An exquisite portrait of Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor), filmed over five years.

Sakamoto’s first film score was Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), for which he won a BAFTA Award. He won his second BAFTA 30 years later, with Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant. In the intervening years, Sakamoto won an Oscar for The Last Emperor (1987) and a Golden Globe for The Sheltering Sky(1990) – both directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. His iconic soundtracks are only part of the story, for Sakamoto is also a synth-pop pioneer, electronic experimentalist, actor (opposite David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) and performer.

In Stephen Nomura’s compelling documentary, Sakamoto’s gentle, inquisitive spirit shines through, whether listening to the sound of raindrops in bowls, or playing a baby grand that survived Japan’s 2011 tsunami.

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.

"Some of the loveliest moments in the doc are in Sakamoto's home studio, watching as he works the computer console, layering disparate elements into dense, hypnotically swelling soundscapes, but always returning to the piano as the center of his work." David Rooney, Variety

"With a light touch but deep reserves of respect for fans both old and new, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an extremely fitting portrait of the influential composer." Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine

“Ryuichi is for me a poet and a painter.”
Alejandro González Iñárritu in The New York Times

“A portrait of an artist that’s nearly as powerful and necessary as the artist himself.”

“An uncommonly engaging artist portrait”
The New York Times

“The fact that the man is a living freakin’ legend is undeniable.”
Rolling Stone

“One of the great documentaries about the creative process.”
The Telegraph

“Understated and moving”
Village Voice

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