Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Documentary on genius Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose career encompasses iconic film scores and experimental electronic music, helping pioneer synth-pop, techno and house.

"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." (Sydney International Film Festival)

2017Rating: PG102 minsUSA, JapanEnglish and Japanese with English subtitles
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Stephen Nomura Schible (feature debut)
Cast:
Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Vulture

Vulture

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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.

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Variety

Variety

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Won't hold much appeal for those requiring an introduction, but should please fans with its drifting, lyrical, and thoughtful tenor, echoing so much of this artist's music.

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The Times

The Times

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The documentary...is never busy, never intrusive, and glides along at a delicate pace, occasionally capturing painful footage of Sakamoto forcing down a seemingly endless sequence of anti-cancer pills, but otherwise calm, respectful and thoughtful.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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[Sakamoto] is also ceaselessly interested in the possibilities of electronic music, though I have to say shots of him at the piano keyboard are more interesting than him at the computer keyboard.

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South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda serves as a respectful and sincere portrait of this provocative yet tender artist, who remains as experimental and innovative as ever.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The intimate documentary "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" finds the accomplished composer in a deeply introspective place in both his life and career.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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The result is an inspirational and deeply moving biopic that resonates long after the closing credits roll, not only because of the uncertain health of its subject, but the tragedies and joys of the human condition that give meaning to his work.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A gentle, reflective portrait that seldom gets personal and yet somehow feels quite candid.

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Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

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Variety

Variety

press

Won't hold much appeal for those requiring an introduction, but should please fans with its drifting, lyrical, and thoughtful tenor, echoing so much of this artist's music.

0
The Times

The Times

press

The documentary...is never busy, never intrusive, and glides along at a delicate pace, occasionally capturing painful footage of Sakamoto forcing down a seemingly endless sequence of anti-cancer pills, but otherwise calm, respectful and thoughtful.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[Sakamoto] is also ceaselessly interested in the possibilities of electronic music, though I have to say shots of him at the piano keyboard are more interesting than him at the computer keyboard.

3.0
0
South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

press

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda serves as a respectful and sincere portrait of this provocative yet tender artist, who remains as experimental and innovative as ever.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The intimate documentary "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" finds the accomplished composer in a deeply introspective place in both his life and career.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The result is an inspirational and deeply moving biopic that resonates long after the closing credits roll, not only because of the uncertain health of its subject, but the tragedies and joys of the human condition that give meaning to his work.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A gentle, reflective portrait that seldom gets personal and yet somehow feels quite candid.

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