Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Reviews

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December 7, 2020
A sensational portrait of a legendary musical poet. I could watch this 100 times and still be fascinated by its beauty.
November 6, 2020
Stephen Schible's documentary biography of the great film composer is not only an interesting portrait of an artist but a sensitive and engrossing exploration of the act of creation itself.
September 23, 2020
An intimate portrait of one of the great musical legends...
November 22, 2019
Spend some time with Riyuchi Sakamoto and you will see and hear the world differently. It's what some of us want in a movie experience.
July 17, 2019
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda perfectly captures the somber side of the beloved composer but fails to better engage the other facets of his work and history.
March 15, 2019
As we see vintage footage of the younger composer with jet-black hair, the artist's now-white hair and grizzled face make one wonder about the very purpose of decay...
January 20, 2019
a moving and marvelous look at an artist and his inspirations through decades
December 24, 2018
There may not be enough conventional reference to the subject's life - marriages, children, and career - but that's because the film is unafraid to suggest that Sakamoto's music is his life.
November 19, 2018
Ryuichi Sakamoto's infectious curiosity about nature and the music of life, make for an engaging and moving subject. Highly recommended.
October 31, 2018
An intimate portrait of a man coming face to face with his mortality.
October 26, 2018
Schible's documentary - while not particularly well shot - is a very useful insight into the work of a major composer.
October 18, 2018
For fans who have been following his music career over the past four decades, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to watch this as soon as you can.
October 18, 2018
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is a fascinating look inside Sakamoto's process for creating art, and his humility in the face of nature's own creative process.
September 24, 2018
Sakamoto's deep, reverential love and respect of Johann Sebastian Bach...is apparent in his own, deceptively simple, humble and soothing lines that move steadily forward to fulfilling conclusions with a similar sense of inevitably.
September 18, 2018
But the primary appeal of "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" comes from following this humble, quiet man as he reminisces, composes, and contemplates nature.
August 20, 2018
Rarely does an artist profile so thoroughly embrace the style of the artist it's profiling.
August 16, 2018
Those who are interested in how documentarians capture artistry on film will find good examples in Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. It helps to come to the film with some foreknowledge of Sakamoto's career, however.
August 16, 2018
Unlike most music documentaries, this one isn't so much geared for fans of the artist as it is fans of intimate character portraits.
August 5, 2018
Despite the foreboding title, Ryuichi Coda is an often-joyous film. We share the composer's wonder as he samples raindrops in a coffee cup, a violin bow across a cymbal, or simply sitting in front of his computer, creating hair-raising washes of sound.
August 2, 2018
Isn't a life story or a deep-dive character study. Rather it is a heartfelt mediation on the creative process, with elegantly presented ideas on nature, music, mortality and things out of tune.
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