An exquisite portrait of Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor), filmed over five years.
Sakamoto’s first film score was Nagisa Ôshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), for which he won a BAFTA Award. He won his second BAFTA 30 years later, with Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant. In the intervening years, Sakamoto won an Oscar for The Last Emperor (1987) and a Golden Globe for The Sheltering Sky (1990) – both directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
His iconic soundtracks are only part of the story, for Sakamoto is also a synth-pop pioneer, electronic experimentalist, actor (opposite David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) and performer. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of mortality leads to a resounding new masterpiece.
In Stephen Nomura Schible’s compelling documentary, Sakamoto’s gentle, inquisitive spirit shines through, whether listening to the sound of raindrops in bowls, or playing a baby grand that survived Japan’s 2011 tsunami.
“This is a documentary that rejects every behind-the-scenes cliché around, and stands as an immensely moving and inspiring piece of cinema in its own right. (…) As music documentaries go, it’s one of the quietest you’ll see – but it’ll be ringing in my soul for a long while yet.” – ROBBIE COLLIN, THE TELEGRAPH
A folk horror wrapped up in an archive film, set to a soundtrack by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).