Women in Music 2019

'Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda' Documentary to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

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The documentary "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" will premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, beginning Aug. 30, 2017. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda -- a feature-length documentary about the award-winning musician, composer and music producer Ryuichi Sakamoto -- will be screened Out of Competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival that begins Aug. 30.

Sakamoto made his solo debut in 1978 with Thousand Knives and also formed the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) that year with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, releasing such worldwide hits as "Computer Game/ Firecracker" and "Rydeen."

In 1983, he made his acting debut in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence starring David Bowie, and the movie also marked his debut as a film composer. He has since won numerous awards including an Oscar and Grammy for scoring works such as The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha, and most recently, The Revenant.

From the late 1990s, he began focusing more on social and environmental issues, and this shift became apparent in his music. He took a year-long hiatus in 2014 after announcing that he had been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, but has since recovered and released async, his first original studio album in eight years, this spring.

Sakamoto comments that he "bared everything" in this documentary. The director, Stephen Nomura Schible (co-producer of Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation), became intrigued by the change of expression in Sakamoto's music after the massive earthquake that shook Japan in 2011. He began filming in 2012 and recorded the prolific composer's life for five years, capturing the thought and process that go into the creation of new music while also reflecting on his 40-year career.

The world premiere of Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda in Venice marks the 65-year-old artist's return to the film festival where he served as a jury member in 2013.

The documentary will be released in domestic theaters Nov. 4.


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