Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese composer, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, and actor who has pursued a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). With his bandmates Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto influenced and pioneered a number of electronic music genres.Sakamoto began his career while at university in the 1970s as a session musician, producer, and arranger. His first major success came in 1978 as co-founder of YMO. He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives in 1978. Two years later, he released the album B-2 Unit. It included the track "Riot in Lagos", which was significant in the development of electro and hip hop music. He went on to produce more solo records, and collaborate with many international artists, David Sylvian, Carsten Nicolai, Youssou N'Dour, and Fennesz among them. Sakamoto composed music for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and his composition "Energy Flow" (1999) was the first instrumental number-one single in Japan's Oricon charts history.As a film-score composer, Sakamoto has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy, and 2 Golden Globe Awards. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) marked his debut as both an actor and a film-score composer; its main theme was adapted into the single "Forbidden Colours" which became an international hit. His most successful work as a film composer was The Last Emperor (1987), after which he continued earning accolades composing for films such as The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), and The Revenant (2015). On occasion, Sakamoto has also worked as a composer and a scenario writer on anime and video games. In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France for his contributions to music.
Sakamoto's first of three marriages occurred in 1972, but ended in divorce two years later—Sakamoto has a daughter from this relationship. Sakamoto then married popular Japanese pianist and singer Akiko Yano in 1982, following several musical collaborations with her, including touring work with the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Sakamoto's second marriage ended in August 2006, 14 years after a mutual decision to live separately—Yano and Sakamoto raised one daughter, J-pop singer Miu Sakamoto. He has lived with his manager and wife Norika Sora since around 1990 and has two children with her.Beginning in June 2014, Sakamoto took a year-long hiatus after he was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer. In 2015, he returned, stating: "Right now I'm good. I feel better. Much, much better. I feel energy inside, but you never know. The cancer might come back in three years, five years, maybe 10 years. Also the radiation makes your immune system really low. It means I'm very susceptible to another cancer in my body."On January 21st, 2021, Sakamoto shared a link on his official pages, which contained a letter announcing that though his throat cancer went into remission, he was now diagnosed with rectal cancer, and that he's currently undergoing treatment after a successful surgery. He wrote: From now on, I will be living alongside cancer. But, I am hoping to make music for a little while longer.
Movies & TV shows
Moskau 1941 - Stimmen am Abgrund
The intimate writings of the Moscovites of 1941 were written while the German army was marching on the capital. On June 22, 1941, the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union and weresieging Moscow.
Love After Love
The film tells the story of a young girl who travels from Shanghai to Hong Kong in pursuit of education, but ends up working for her aunt who is having sex with rich and powerful men.
The premier of "The Third Pole" was canceled due to the Pandemic. The film makers decided to go on a journey with their cameraman and take pictures.
Following a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett, an American tourist, finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy and on the run for his life.
My Tyrano: Together, Forever
A tremendous tyrannosaurus, who does not eat meat, and a pterodactyl, who cannot fly, run into each other and begin their journey to find paradise.
Sarah is training at the European Space Agency. She is the only woman in the program. She lives alone with her daughter. Sarah feels guilty that she can't spend more time with her child. Her love is f...
A documentary about Haruomi Hosono, a musician respected around the world and the music composer of Cannes Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters. The footage traces his encounter with music in early childhood...
A wisecracking Makino shows up from Japan to meet a yakuza in Taiwan. The incident that prompted Shima to come to Taiwan was known to Makino. Hualien is a city in eastern Taiwan where someone wants Ma...
AGNIYOGANA is a meditative inquiry into the lost art of classical Hatha Yoga. Offering an experiential collage of action and stillness, light and darkness, sound and silence, AGNIYOGANA explores the r...
The Staggering Girl
The cinematographic language and the language of Couture simultaneously follow an intimate story line, made of symbols, gestures and images. Moving between Rome and New York, the movie narrates the st...
Sukita: The Shoot Must Go On
A documentary film about world-renowned Japanese photographer, Masayoshi Sukita, who earned the deep trust and admiration of David Bowie, T-REX, Iggy Pop and big-name artists around the world across a...
Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory
In April 2017 Japanese composer, pianist and music producer Ryūichi Sakamoto made a guest appearance for two evenings in the Veteran’s Room, an intimate, 200-seater hall at the Park Avenue Armory in N...
The digital experiment turned the human face into a subject of dramatic intrigue and was composed of a series of portrait shots of mostly anonymous individuals.
A compilation of intertwined snippets featuring various characters of diverse backgrounds from different parts of the world. Each of whom are experiencing their unique, yet fundamentally similar, resp...
The Man Most Feared by the US Military: His Name was Kamejiro
The story of Senaga Kamejiro, the activist and politician who was once called a communist threat by the United States military for his advocacy of the return of Okinawa to Japanese governance after Wo...
The time of Ancient Korea was the 17th century. The powerful Khan of the Jurchen tribe of Manchuria, who fights the Ming dinasty to gain China, becomes the first ruler of the Qing dinasty and demands ...
Haiku On A Plum Tree
Tokyo 1943: Italian anthropologist Fosco Maraini and painter Topazia Alliata refused to sign allegiance to Mussolini's government. They were sent to a prison camp in Nagoya with their three daughters,...
An American deserter, Bob, and a Japanese soldier, Iwabuchi, live together in a cave on a small island in the closing days of World War II. Even though they are deserters from their armies, both men v...
async - first light
A collaboration between two people. The people falling asleep in this film are his friends. A lot of work is done with the Digital Harinezumi camera that Apichatpong carries. The work was displayed in...
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career that spans over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscarwinning film composer. His life journeys coincide...
A man brutally murders a married couple and leaves a note with their blood on it. The killer undergoes plastic surgery. There is a male stranger at three different locations in Japan. People think the...
"The Ferryman” is an exploration of rituals and animistic roots, a luxurious visualization of a bewitchment and an exorcism of a man-deer in the borders of the world.
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
Nobuko is a midwife in Nagasaki, Japan. Her son died from the bomb. Her son appeared in front of her again. They reminisce about pleasant times when Koji appeared in front of her. There are happy, but...
In the 1820s, a frontiersman named Hugh Glass set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear attack.
Seiji is tormented by horrible tsunami-flashback dreams, but one night he wakes up and his beloved grandfather has appeared. With a strum of his grandfather's guitar, Seiji is transported to a colorfu...
The residents of Futaba, a town in Fukushima Prefecture, were relocated to an abandoned high school in a suburb of Tokyo after the nuclear disaster. With a clear and compassionate eye, Atsushi Funahas...
I Have To Buy New Shoes
Aoi Teshigahara lives in Paris. Sen Yagami came to Paris due to his sister. Aoi Teshigahara and Sen Yagami are in love. They have been together for a long time.
Yellow Magic Orchestra - YMONHK
A live performed on August 5, 2011 at NHK 101 Studio in Shibuya, Tokyo. Yellow Magic Orchestra, who has almost never done a studio live, played "RYDEEN", "FIRECRACKER", "COSMIC SURFIN", and others, i...
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Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. A black mirror of our 21st Century existence can be seen in every ho...
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty- stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a f...
An artist by the name of Arun is a secretive modern art painter. An American is in India. The washerboy is next to two people. Four different classes of people are intertwined in a movie.
Women Without Men
Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Ink Music: In the Land of the Hundred-Tongued Lyricist
Everyone in Japan knows his work, yet few recognize his face. Chris Mosdell, British expatriate, pop lyricist, poet and visual artist, during his 30-year residence in Tokyo has written chart-topping h...
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen Live
Label: Raster-Noton Catalog#: R-N 76 Format: DVD, NTSC Country: Germany Released: Oct 2006 Genre: Electronic Style: Modern Classical, Minimal, Experimental, Ambient Tracklist 1 Intro 4:51 2 Berlin 5:4...
Shining Boy and Little Randy
He has a natural ability to communicate with elephants. He wants to become Japan's first elephant trainer. He develops into a confident young man after finding his place in the world. He wants to buil...
Zarin is part of Neshat's full-length film Women Without Men, based on Shahrnoush Parsipour's book about women's lives after the 1953 CIA coup in Iran.
Tony Takitani asked his wife to stop shopping for clothes.
In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in the new facade. What is the community's plan for the res...
Life Is Journey
Four stories in LIFE IS JOURNEY are about people who yearn for togetherness, but who live in solitude. There is joy and pain each day. Half of a woman's life is depicted in one-scene, one-cut, nine-mi...
In 1977, when she was four years old, Albertina Carri's parents vanished without a trace, victims of Argentina's brutal military junta. In this fresh and politically daring film, the young Argentinian...
Femme Fatale: Dream Within a Dream
A documentary about Brian de Palma's "Femme Fatale" directed by Laurent Bouzereau.
Alexei and the Spring
180 kilometers down wind of Chernobyl, the village of Budische was evacuated except for 55 older residents who refused to leave and one young man, Alexei who wanted to stay with his parents. This is a...
Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher and author of deconstructionism.
As her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her, a woman tries to get her life in order.
Young warriors are trained in swordfighting in the film. There are a number of conflicts going on in the training room, all centered around a handsome young samurai named Sozaburo. The school's stern ...
New Rose Hotel
A corporate raider and his henchman use a chanteuse to lure a scientific genius away from his employer and family.
When corrupt cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match, all bets are off. It's up to him and Kevin Dunne to find out what happened. Santoro can't turn a blind eye to the shocking disco...
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
Biography of a British painter. The movie focuses on his relationship with George. He was a small time crook.
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Three children, one American and two Nepalese, may be the reincarnation of their great teacher after the death of Lama Dorje, according to Tibetan Buddhist monks.
Rabbit Ears - Peachboy
A couple discovers a boy inside a peach. The Peachboy becomes a hero when he defeats the bad guys.
The five-hour mini-series was first aired on the ABC network in the United States in May 1993 The comic strip was first published in 1990. Oliver Stone was an executive producer. The series features J...
A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen. She's unhappy about her work, and is trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover h...
The Wuthering Heights estate has a young orphan. The new resident falls in love with his foster sister. The two share a remarkable bond that seems unbreakable until the pressure of social convention c...
When her daughter comes to perform at a concert, flamboyant actress Rebecca del Paramo re-enters her life after being estranged for 15 years. Rebecca's husband was an ex-lover of hers. A mother and da...
Brand New Day
The 1986 Eurythmics tour of Japan. It is the end of the world tour during which Annie Lennox (vocals) and Dave Stewart (guitar) promote their latest album "Revenge". It is also, between concerts, the ...
The Last Emperor
A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his ...
Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise
On a future Earth, war is inevitable between the Kingdom of Honneamise and the Republic. A small group wants to propel mankind into space in their world's first spaceflight program. Shirotsugh Lhadatt...
Bye Bye Kipling
This ambitious live satellite link-up of Japan, Korea and the United States features interviews with Keith Haring and architect Arata Isozaki, and performances and works by Philip Glass and the Kodo D...
Video album by Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
When Milo the cat and Otis the dog are separated, they each set off on an adventurous and often perilous quest across mountains, plains, and snow-covered lands to return to one another.
Performed live on September 15th, 1985 on the SONY JumboTRON at Tsukuba Expo, Tukuba, Japan
Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto
The 1984 album "Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia" was the subject of a documentary.
On the Beach
On The Beach is a compilation of music from the Crown library, with sounds of ocean waves. The video version pairs the music and sounds with scenes of summer, featuring plenty of waves, sand, and much...
20 minute music documentary shot in two days of November 1984 in, and around the outskirts of, Tokyo, Japan. A large part of the music was completed during that same month and recorded over a period o...
All Star Video
A compilation of avant-garde artwork and talent of the mid to late 20th century hosted by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Starring Yellow Magic Orchestra and David Brooks Palmer, YMO Propaganda is 1984 Musical film directed by Shin Saito. Originally premiered theatrically throughout Japan in 1984 and is considered by som...
Preparations For A Journey
Original music by David Sylvian. Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen, Masami Tsuchiya.
It's All Right, My Friend
E.T's novel is a parody of films like Superman. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a movie.
The Oshima Gang
Documentary about the making of Nagisa Oshima's 1983 film MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE.
YMO: Winter Live '81
Yellow Magic Orchestra concert recorded in late December 1981 at the Shinjuku Koma Theater.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
During World War II, the island of Java was used. Jack Celliers is a British Major. Sergeant Hara, brutal and simpleton, and Colonel John Lawrence, who has a profound knowledge of Japanese culture, wi...
YMO JAPAN TOUR at Nippon Budokan
Yellow Magic Orchestra playing songs from the album Service in the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan in the 22 Dec. 1983
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Winter Live 1981
A domestic live tour in 1981 when YMO released two masterpiece albums, "BGM" and "Technodelic". A live concert filmed at the Shinjuku Koma Theater, "WINTER LIVE 1981" focuses on songs from "BGM" and "...