“RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA” (2017, Stephen Nomura)
Among the inspirations acknowledged by the eternally curious subject of Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda are the organ chorales of Bach, the films and photographs of Andrei Tarkovsky, the spoken words of Paul Bowles and J. Robert Oppenheimer, and a range of environmental sounds gathered first-hand from places as far-flung as an Arctic Circle glacier or Lake Turkana, Kenya, where the world’s oldest human remains were discovered. Made over a five-year period during which the Japanese composer was diagnosed and treated for stage three throat cancer, this is a gentle, reflective portrait that seldom gets personal and yet somehow feels quite candid.
The film establishes its subject as a humane, socially engaged activist while touching on just one notable achievement from his influential and wideranging five-decade career in music. Nomura Schible shows minimal interest in conventional biographical detail or strict career chronology. Nor does the documentary make any claims to be comprehensive. And there are no talking-head comments with famous collaborators; Sakamoto himself is the sole interviewee. Yet, out of the film’s loose, discursive structure, an expansive view of the subject’s eclectic output, and of the thought that goes into each new piece, comes together.
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[ THURSDAY 12 | 20:00 | NUMAX ]