Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 6:
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA
Stephen Nomura Schible
IDFA, CPH:DOX, Tokyo, Tribeca, Belgrade, Singapore, Stockholm, Seattle, Dallas, Nashville, IFF Boston, Berkshire
An intimate portrait of the Oscar-winning composer.
Filmed over a five-year period, Schible’s subdued but engaging profile quietly captures the musician, exploring his history, creative process, and social activism, while he reckons with a diagnosis of throat cancer. At 65, forced to confront his own mortality after his health scare, Sakamoto reflects on a long and varied career, gaining acclaim as an electronic music performer before composing score for films as varied as MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE, THE LAST EMPEROR, and THE REVENANT, as well as a disparate series of influences. While avoiding a strict chronological recitation of his biography, the film presents an appropriate sampling, interwoven with revealing scenes of the master at work, demonstrating his creative process, and, tellingly, how his activism is often intertwined with this creativity, from environmental awareness to the war on terror.