Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

Coda skips deftly across the years, incorporating intimate footage of the composer at work as well as archival footage from his earlier years.


Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

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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 Oscar-winning 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 a cancer diagnosis, 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.

"By the end of this documentary, you will feel as if you not only understand Mr. Sakamoto intellectually, but also share a sense of the excitement he feels when discovering just the right match of sounds." (Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times)
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Documentary, Music, Culture Vulture
Japanese, English
Stephen Nomura Schible
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture

A late-career documentary can be many things: a gift to longtime fans, a primer for new ones, a victory lap. The best, I think, can function as some combination of the three. For a living legend looking back on their legacy, the film’s role isn’t to argue their significance but rather examine it ...

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