Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
A glimpse into the composer’s aesthetical approach to life at a time when old age becomes a pronounced reality.
Singapore PremiereJapan, USA / 2017 / 102MIN / Japanese, English / PG
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is a documentary that accompanies the prolific composer in his everyday, during a time in his life when mortality has become more pronounced and fragile. As the documentary follows him through the early stages of creating a new work, it explores how the rhythms of old age, and an awareness of environmental and social issues, have shaped his way of musical expression.
More concerned with portraiture than an exposition of his accumulated life, director Stephen Nomura Schible chooses to do away with interviews to observe quietly and intuitively, leading to rare moments of the composer at work, absorbed in the sensorial act of listening – an intrinsic aspect of Sakamoto’s art and creation, when moments of musical lucidity could arise from the simplest gesture.
Cast & Credits
Stephen Nomura Schible, born and raised in Tokyo, is of Japanese and American descent. He worked as an international liaison for Japanese directors such as Shinji Aoyama and Naomi Kawase, before going on to co-produce Lost in Translation (2003). His debut feature is Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J (2004).
• Official Selection, Venice Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2017