Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
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    Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    Directed by

    USA

    2017

    90 min

    • English
    • Japanese

    Documentary

    One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscarwinning film composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Cinematography
    Tom Richmond
    Neo Sora
    Editing
    Hisayo Kushida
    Yuji Ohshige

    Director's Statement

    I wanted this film to explore how Ryuichi Sakamoto’s awareness of environmental, social and even his personal crises brought change to his musical expression. I had the title Coda in mind since the very beginning, as I wanted the film to land with a musical ending—with the birth of a new song. My hope is that those who journey with this film may find it to be like an opening of perception, allowing for a chance to imagine how Ryuichi Sakamoto hears the world, and to witness how he ultimately triumphs to find new musical expression in the end.

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    Production
    BORDERLAND MEDIA
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    Press

    A deep dive into the artistry of an original thinker.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    The Oscar-winning Japanese composer is profiled in a handsome, intriguing if not particularly insightful documentary.

    Dennis Harvey, Variety

    Stephen Nomura Schible

    Stephen Nomura Schible

    Japan

    Born in Tokyo, Japan, Stephen Nomura Schible studied film at New York University. After working as an assistant director to the documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara, he became a producer's representative on Japanese films such as Shinji Aoyama’s Eureka and Naomi Kawase’s FIREFLY. He also oversaw international co-productions such as H-STORY by Nobuhiro Suwa and co-produced Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning drama LOST IN TRANSLATION. He directed and produced ERIC CLAPTON: SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J. In 2017 he made RYŪICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. His most recent documentary, RYŪICHI SAKAMOTO: ASYNC AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY screened at the 2018 Berlinale.

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