Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Director: Stephen Nomura Schible 2017 102 Minutes Ages 12+
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Fri 12 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 08:30pm 102mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre

Forced to contemplate his mortality, Academy Award-winning composer and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto undertakes a new project that may prove to be the defining statement of his musical legacy.

Opening with a visit to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Sakamoto finds a water-ravaged piano in a disused school, extracting a ghost-like melody from the swollen instrument. It is a discovery that slowly resonates throughout this sparse and closely observed film portrait as an unexpected diagnosis of throat cancer compels Sakamoto to reconsider his contribution to music after four decades amid crises both environmental and personal.


Classification:Ages 12+
Country:Japan and USA
Language:English and Japanese, with English subtitles
Director:Stephen Nomura Schible
Producer:Eric Nyari, Yoshiko Hashimoto
Cast:Ryuichi Sakamoto
Program strand:Documentaries
Rights:Hi Gloss Entertainment