Stephen Nomura Schible
USA, Japan | 2017 | 102 min | Japanese
2 Nov, 6 pm, PictureTime





Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of one of the most important musicians of our era. The film begins in 2012, when Ryuichi launched the “No Nukes” concert in Tokyo, in response to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. From there, we travel back to Ryuichi’s 1970s beginnings with the disco-prog-jazz Yellow Magic Orchestra, and on to his scores for Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983)—in which he also played a leading role—and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987) and The Sheltering Sky (1990). In 2014, Ryuichi was forced to take the first major break of his career when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. After a period of rest, he returned in 2015 to complete the scores for two films—Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories of My Son. In 2017, where this documentary ends, Ryuichi released async , his most personal album to date.


  • Stephen Nomura Schible

    Stephen Nomura Schible

    Stephen Nomura Schible was born in Tokyo in 1970 and studied film at New York University. After serving as an assistant director to documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara, he worked as a producer’s rep for features including Shinji Aoyama’s Eureka (2000) and Naomi Kawase’s Firefly (2000). Stephen also co-produced Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) and directed the documentary Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J (2004), which aired on the BBC and PBS.

    “I wanted Coda to explore how Ryuichi’s awareness of crises had developed and how it has brought change to his musical expression,” Stephen explains. “I wanted to gradually build towards a more musical cinematic language, using sound as a building block, to the point where the audience can hopefully feel the story through their ears as well as their eyes.”


Producer - Yoshiko Hashimoto
Director of Photography - Neo Sora, Tom Richmond
Editor - Hisayo Kushida
Sound Designer -Tom Paul


New Zealand International Film Festival 2018
Sydney Film Festival 2018
Japan Film Festival of San Francisco 2018
Tokyo International Film Festival 2017