Director – Stephen Nomura Schible – 2017 – Japan – Cert. PG – 100m
Review originally published on All The Anime ahead of UK release on Friday, June 29th 2018; published here following Sakamoto’s death on Tuesday, 28th March 2023 – screening on MUBI as of Thursday, April 13th
Portrait of the artist at age 66. A new documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda finds musician Ryuichi Sakamoto working on a new album following a third degree throat cancer diagnosis and time off work for treatment. At the same time, it presents a select chronological appraisal of his career from Yellow Magic Orchestra and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence up to the present day.
Like Sakamoto himself, Coda starts and ends with the piano. But not just any piano. Sakamoto had heard of one that survived the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and wanted to find out for himself what it sounded like. He is shown a tidemark on a curtain “up to which the piano floated” and another tidemark on the piano itself indicating its journey. He’s impressed with its sound…
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