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SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA

Directed by Stephen Nomura Schible
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 102 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA
From his start pioneering synth pop music with his band, Yellow Magic Orchestra, in the late ’ 70s to winning an Oscar for his score for The Last Emperor in 1988, Ryuichi Sakamoto quickly established himself as one of the most original and intuitive composers of his generation. But, never content to rest on his laurels, Sakamoto's life journey eventually led him to find musical inspiration in the unlikeliest of places: the Fukushima nuclear disaster and a personal battle with cancer, both of which gave way to a late-life shift in his artistic process.

With Coda, Stephen Nomura Schible crafts a portrait of the artist as an ageless man, one who can turn the worst news into the most refined and purposeful moment of productivity in an already storied career. Shot over five years, this graceful music documentary is an elegantly observed examination of the creative process, following as Sakamoto builds from nothing the album he must assume will be his swan song.

—Ian Hollander

After the Premiere Screening: A Q&A with subject Ryuichi Sakamoto and Director Stephen Nomura Schible.
Documentary, Environmental, Music, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Stephen Nomura Schible grew up in Tokyo and studied film at New York University. He served as a co-producer on Sofia Coppola's Academy Award®-winning film Lost in Translation, and he directed and produced the music documentary Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J, which aired on BBC and PBS. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda marks his directorial feature debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Documentary
  • Year:
    2017
  • Length:
    102 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Stephen Nomura Schible
  • Producer:
    Eric Nyari, Yoshiko Hashimoto, Stephen Nomura Schible
  • Screenwriter:
    Stephen Nomura Schible
  • Cinematographer:
    Neo Sora, Tom Richmond
  • Editor:
    Hisayo Kushida, Yuji Oshige
  • Associate Producer:
    Jinn Nishimura
  • US Distributor:
    MUBI
  • Cast:
    Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Bowie, Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono

Contacts
  • International Sales Contact
    Daniela Elstner
    Doc & Film International
    Paris, 75003
    Phone: 1 42 77 56 87
    d.elstner@docandfilm.com
  • Print Source
    Michael Tacca
    MUBI
    New York, NY 10003
    Phone: 610 390 7869
    mtacca@mubi.com
  • Press Contact
    Genevieve Villaflor
    Verdant Communications
    Phone: 718 399 0400
    genevieve@jmpverdant.com

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