Scores by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Scores by Ryuichi Sakamoto

10 Episodes

Japanese electronic-music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto has been at the cutting edge of both pop and avant-garde music for over four decades. Opening up a brave new world of sound through his work with his influential band Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto went on to a distinguished international career as a film composer beginning with his entrancing synth score for Nagisa Oshima’s MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE, in which he also costarred with David Bowie. Since then, Sakamoto has worked with auteurs ranging from Bernardo Bertolucci to Pedro Almodóvar to Shirin Neshat, bringing a distinctive experimental edge and stirring sense of atmosphere to some of the most haunting and indelible film music of the last half century.

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Scores by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto in His Own Words

    Episode 1

    The electronic-music pioneer talks about his process.

  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    Episode 2

    Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1983 • Japan
    Starring David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tom Conti

    In this captivating, skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed ...

  • The Sheltering Sky

    Episode 3

    Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci • 1990 • United Kingdom, Italy
    Starring Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott

    Paul Bowles’s haunting novel receives a rich, sensuous adaptation courtesy of master director Bernardo Bertolucci. Looking to rekindle their lost passion, American couple Kit (Deb...

  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    Episode 4

    Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 1990 • United States
    Starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn

    Adapted by Harold Pinter from the landmark novel by Margaret Atwood, the original screen adaptation of THE HANDMAID’S TALE takes place in an authoritarian future America where young, heal...

  • High Heels

    Episode 5

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1991 • Spain
    Starring Marisa Paredes, Victoria Abril, Miguel Bosé

    Pedro Almodóvar’s outré homage to the classic mother-daughter melodrama traces the fraught relationship between a flamboyant actress (Marisa Paredes) and her estranged daughter (Victoria Abril) who be...

  • Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

    Episode 6

    Directed by John Maybury • 1998 • United Kingdom
    Starring Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton

    The torrid psychosexual world of uncompromising British painter Francis Bacon is brought to terrifying life in this unflinching portrait of the artist as a monster. Bacon (Derek Jacobi) is at the ...

  • Gohatto
    Episode 7


    Episode 7

    Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1999 • Japan, France
    Starring Takeshi Kitano, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda

    This mesmerizing, atmospheric samurai tale infuses the genre with a subversive undercurrent of homoerotic frisson. When the young, strikingly handsome Kano Sozaburo (Ryuhei Matsuda) joins an e...

  • Tony Takitani

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jun Ichikawa • 2004 • Japan
    Starring Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi

    This exquisitely ethereal adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami brings the writer’s unique vision to the screen with the delicacy and subtle grace of a haiku. Growing up in postwar Japan, comm...

  • Women Without Men

    Episode 9

    Directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari • 2009 • Iran
    Starring Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Orsolya Tóth

    Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iranʼs 1953 CIA-backed coup dʼétat, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard, where they find independence, solace and companionship...

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

    Episode 10

    Directed by Stephen Nomura Schible • 2017 • Japan, United States
    Starring Ryuichi Sakamoto

    One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades. From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film scores, the evolution of his music has coi...