Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Known For: Sound · Birthday: 1952-01-17 (69 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan

80 Movies · 2 TV shows

Also Known As: Ryûichi Sakamoto · Ryūichi Sakamoto · 류이치 사카모토 · 坂本龙一

Biography

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.

Personal Life

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

2021.

4 Movies
Moskau 1941 - Stimmen am Abgrund

Moskau 1941 - Stimmen am Abgrund

2021
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

Love After Love

2021
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.
Apausalypse

Apausalypse

2021
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.
Beckett

Beckett

10
2021
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.

2020.

1 Movie
Minamata

Minamata

2020
W is a war photographer. Eugene Smith went back to Japan to document the effects of mercury poisoning.

2019.

6 Movies
My Tyrano: Together, Forever

My Tyrano: Together, Forever

8
2019
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.
Proxima

Proxima

2019
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...
No Smoking

No Smoking

2019
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...
Paradise Next

Paradise Next

2019
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

Agniyogana

2019
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 Staggering Girl

2019
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...

2018.

3 Movies
Sukita: The Shoot Must Go On

Sukita: The Shoot Must Go On

2018
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

Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory

2018
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...
Your Face

Your Face

2018
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.

2017.

7 Movies
Fullmoon

Fullmoon

2017
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 Man Most Feared by the US Military: His Name was Kamejiro

2017
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 Fortress

The Fortress

2017
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

Haiku On A Plum Tree

2017
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,...
Star Sand

Star Sand

2017
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

async - first light

2017
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

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

2017
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...

2016.

2 Movies
Rage

Rage

6.5
2016
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

The Ferryman

2016
"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.

2015.

3 Movies
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

6
2015
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...
The Revenant

The Revenant

6.25
2015
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.

2013.

1 Movie
Psychedelic Afternoon

Psychedelic Afternoon

2013
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...

2012.

4 Movies
Nuclear Nation

Nuclear Nation

2012
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

I Have To Buy New Shoes

2012
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

Yellow Magic Orchestra - YMONHK

2012
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...

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Black Mirror

Black Mirror

6.38
2011
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

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

4
2011
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...

2010.

1 Movie
Mumbai Diaries

Mumbai Diaries

2010
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.

2009.

2 Movies
Women Without Men

Women Without Men

2009
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

Ink Music: In the Land of the Hundred-Tongued Lyricist

2009
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...

2007.

1 Movie
Silk

Silk

9
2007
The film is based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco and tells the story of a French trader who finds love far away from home.

2006.

1 Movie
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen Live

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen Live

2006
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...

2005.

3 Movies
Shining Boy and Little Randy

Shining Boy and Little Randy

2005
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

Zarin

2005
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

Tony Takitani

6
2005
Tony Takitani asked his wife to stop shopping for clothes.

2004.

1 Movie
Appleseed

Appleseed

5.54
2004
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...

2003.

3 Movies
Life Is Journey

Life Is Journey

2003
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...
The Blonds

The Blonds

2003
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

Femme Fatale: Dream Within a Dream

2003
A documentary about Brian de Palma's "Femme Fatale" directed by Laurent Bouzereau.

2002.

3 Movies
Alexei and the Spring

Alexei and the Spring

2002
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...
Derrida

Derrida

2002
Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher and author of deconstructionism.
Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

6
2002
As her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her, a woman tries to get her life in order.

1999.

2 Movies
Taboo

Taboo

1999
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

New Rose Hotel

1999
A corporate raider and his henchman use a chanteuse to lure a scientific genius away from his employer and family.

1998.

2 Movies
Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes

4
1998
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

Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

1998
Biography of a British painter. The movie focuses on his relationship with George. He was a small time crook.

1995.

1 Movie
Wild Side

Wild Side

1995
A bank accountant who works as a high-priced call girl becomes involved in the lives of a money launderer, his seductive wife, and his bodyguard.

1993.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Little Buddha

Little Buddha

1993
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

Rabbit Ears - Peachboy

1993
A couple discovers a boy inside a peach. The Peachboy becomes a hero when he defeats the bad guys.
TV
Wild Palms

Wild Palms

6
1993
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...

1992.

2 Movies
Tokyo Decadence

Tokyo Decadence

1992
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...
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

1992
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...

1991.

1 Movie
High Heels

High Heels

4.75
1991
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...

1990.

3 Movies
The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

1990
An American couple are in North Africa.
The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

1990
A young woman is put in sexual slavery because of her rare fertility.
Infinite Escher

Infinite Escher

1990
A boy travels through the world of M.C. Escher.

1988.

1 Movie
Brand New Day

Brand New Day

1988
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 ...

1987.

2 Movies
The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor

7.67
1987
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

Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

6
1987
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...

1986.

4 Movies
Bye Bye Kipling

Bye Bye Kipling

1986
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...
Adelic Penguins

Adelic Penguins

1986
Video album by Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Adventures of Milo and Otis

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

1986
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.
TV WAR

TV WAR

1986
Performed live on September 15th, 1985 on the SONY JumboTRON at Tsukuba Expo, Tukuba, Japan

1985.

4 Movies
Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto

Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto

1985
The 1984 album "Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia" was the subject of a documentary.
On the Beach

On the Beach

1985
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...
Steel Cathedrals

Steel Cathedrals

1985
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

All Star Video

1985
A compilation of avant-garde artwork and talent of the mid to late 20th century hosted by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

1984.

2 Movies
Propaganda

Propaganda

1984
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

Preparations For A Journey

1984
Original music by David Sylvian. Performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Jansen, Masami Tsuchiya.

1983.

5 Movies
It's All Right, My Friend

It's All Right, My Friend

1983
E.T's novel is a parody of films like Superman. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a movie.
The Oshima Gang

The Oshima Gang

1983
Documentary about the making of Nagisa Oshima's 1983 film MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE.
YMO: Winter Live '81

YMO: Winter Live '81

1983
Yellow Magic Orchestra concert recorded in late December 1981 at the Shinjuku Koma Theater.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

8
1983
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

YMO JAPAN TOUR at Nippon Budokan

1983
Yellow Magic Orchestra playing songs from the album Service in the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan in the 22 Dec. 1983

1981.

1 Movie
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Winter Live 1981

Yellow Magic Orchestra - Winter Live 1981

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 "...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
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