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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA
Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

director: Stephen Nomura Schible
original title: Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA
country: Japan, United States
year: 2017
running time: 101 min.

synopsis

A portrait of a composer who is considered the founder of modern pop music in Japan, and who is also a legend of international film music (The Last Emperor, Little Buddha, The Revenant). We are reminded of the fragility of the world by Sakamoto’s cancer and by the destruction in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The film is both highly personal and very social. 

biography

Japanese director and producer Stephen Nomura Schilbe (1970) was a co-producer of the film Lost in Translation (2003). He also filmed a performance of Sakamoto’s Async concert program in New York. 

more about film

director: Stephen Nomura Schible
producer: Eric Nyari, Yoshiko Hashimoto
photography: Neo Sora, Tom Richmond
editing: Hisayo Kushida
sound: Tom Paul

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