01.15.2018

Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Contemplative Journey

A documentary covering five years of the world-famous musician-composer’s life, interwoven with excerpts from his music and cinematic works, is currently screening in cinemas across Japan

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Contemplative Journey
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Contemplative Journey
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Contemplative Journey
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Contemplative Journey
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Contemplative Journey

Released to cinemas at the end of last year, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is a documentary following the world-famous musician-composer over five year, between 2012 and 2017, combined with archival material illuminating his musical and cinematic history, from the early Yellow Magic Orchestra days, to his activities in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the United States and the Great East Japan Earthquake; from his fight against throat cancer in 2014, to his scoring of Alejandro Iñárritu’s film The Revenant in 2015 and, finally, the 2017 release of his first album in 8 years. The documentary is a contemplative journey through past and recent works, unveiling new aspects of Sakamoto’s human nature.
 
Coda was directed and produced by Stephen Nomura Schible, who was also the co-producer of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation. The genesis of the film was the two-day mass rock concert “No Nukes 2012”, organised by Sakamoto, which Schible wanted to cover. This footage was later incorporated into a project with a broader scope, featuring interviews with Sakamoto in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and his throat cancer diagnosis.
 
The film was screened out of competition at the 74th Venice Festival in 2017, to great acclaim. “I was nervous whether the film would be well-received or bomb. The standing ovation I witnessed at the Festival put all my worries away.” said Schible.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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