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Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus

Out of Competition
Neo Sora
KAB (Norika Sora, Albert Tholen, Eric Nyari, Aiko Masubuchi), Recorded Picture Company (Jeremy Thomas)
Running Time:
Bill Kirstein
Takuya Kawakami
Ryuichi Sakamoto
As himself:Ryuichi Sakamoto


On March 28th, 2023, legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away after his struggle against cancer. In the years leading up to his death, Sakamoto could no longer perform live. Single concerts, not to mention sprawling global tours, were too taxing. Despite this, in late 2022, Sakamoto mustered all of his energy to leave the world with one final performance: a concert film, featuring just him and his piano. Curated by Sakamoto himself and presented in his chosen order, the twenty pieces performed in the film wordlessly narrate his life through his music. The selection spans his entire career, from his popstar Yellow Magic Orchestra period, to his magnificent Bertolucci film scores, to music from his meditative final album, 12. Intimately filmed in a space he knew well, surrounded by his most trusted collaborators, Sakamoto bares his soul through his music, knowing this may be the last time that he can present his art. A celebration of an artist’s life in the purest sense, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro.

Director's Statement

Sakamoto often said the piano was an extension of his hands, and I wanted Opus to demonstrate the intertwining of performer and instrument, blending Sakamoto’s breathing with the creak and hiss of the piano’s mechanical movement. The dialogue between the two bodies drawing out their respective physicalities. In keeping with Sakamoto’s fascination with time, the film is visually designed to evoke the passage of time throughout the course of one full day. The light turns as time passes, completing a circle, only to return back to its original position. Shot in black-and-white, I hoped to capture Ryuichi Sakamoto bringing a life full of experimentation, curiosity, and innovation back to his origin, the piano.


PRODUCTION 1: Norika Sora, Albert Tholen, Eric Nyari, Aiko Masubuchi – KAB Inc.
1-4-1, Mita, Minato-ku Tokyo c/o Avex Entertainment
Inc/commmons Sumitomo Fudosan Azabujuban Bldg.5F
108-0073 – Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 354273700

PRODUCTION 2: Jeremy Thomas – Recorded Picture Company
8, Basing Street
W11 1ET – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 02076362251

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