Dir: Stephen Nomura Schible, 2017, Japan/USA, 102 mins, Cert 18 TBC
Wed 11 July // 20:00 (SOLD OUT)
Sun 15 July // 12:15
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
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 cancer, his haunting awareness of life crisis leads to a resounding new masterpiece. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.
Some of his film score credits include Call Me By Your Name, The Revenant, The Last Emperor and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence in which he also plays a role opposite David Bowie.
Telegraph ★★★★★ “immensely moving and inspiring piece of cinema“, “one of the great documentaries about the creative process”
The Times ★★★★ “calm, respectful and thoughtful“
Little White Lies ★★★★ “Reality and cinema combine seemlessly“
“Ryuichi is for me a poet and a painter” Alejandro Iñárritu in The New York Times
“the fact that the man is a living freakin’ legend is undeniable ... we can't recommend it enough" Rolling Stone
"[Sakamoto] inspired the sound of hip-hop, electro and techno ... the Japanese composer [has] won an Oscar® and worked with many of the greats, including David Bowie" The Guardian
“a portrait of an artist that’s as powerful and necessary as the artist himself” IndieWire
"a gracefully moving portrait of the legendary composer" Vulture
"Oscar®-winning Japanese composer, synth-pop pioneer and electronica experimentalist... socially engaged activist... speaks with the eloquence of a poet and the knowledge of a craftman" The Hollywood Reporter