Ryuichi Sakamoto: coda

USA, Japan, 2017, 102 min.


Stephen Nomura Schible


Doc & Film International


Neo Sora, Tom Richmond


Cineric, Inc., Borderland Media, Documentary Japan, Inc.

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.

2017 Venice IFF (Italy) – Out of Competition
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Stephen Nomura Schible

Born in 1970 in Tokyo, studied film at New York University. Worked as a producer’s rep for Japanese films such as Shinji Aoyama’s EUREKA and Naomi Kawase’s FIREFLY, and oversaw international co-productions such as H STORY by Nobuhiro Suwa. He was one of the producers for Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning LOST IN TRANSLATION. Stephen directed/produced the music documentary ERIC CLAPTON: SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is his first feature film as a director.

Selected filmography

2017 Ryuichi Sakamoto: coda