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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2018
Coda is such a richly rewarding experience, and one that moves so gracefully to its own intimate rhythms like fluttering notes on a page.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 1, 2018
There are few things more compelling than watching an artist trying to coax something out of himself and into the world before he leaves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2018
Schible allows Sakamoto, a charismatic, charming presence, to gently thrill as he quests for, then discovers a sound, living eternally, entirely in the instant we are witnessing. The keyboard lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 26, 2018
Stephen Nomura Schible's documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA is not only a portrait of a great artist, but a sensitive and engrossing depiction of the act of creation and its process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 26, 2018
[An] intimate, emotional, and surprisingly small-scaled profile.
July 26, 2018
Simply by lingering with his pensive, compelling subject at the keyboard, or engaging Sakamoto (discreetly) in his thoughts on his life and his music, Schible casts a spell and captures the spirit of a uniquely gifted composer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2018
The intimate documentary "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" finds the accomplished composer in a deeply introspective place in both his life and career.
July 6, 2018
Sakamoto is fascinating to watch. He's a charming, lively presence, and it's always a pleasure to watch his expressions of delight and surprise at the new sounds he's discovering, his own or nature's.
July 6, 2018
Won't hold much appeal for those requiring an introduction, but should please fans with its drifting, lyrical, and thoughtful tenor, echoing so much of this artist's music.
July 5, 2018
Schible started making his film in 2012, and Coda skips deftly across the years, incorporating intimate footage of the composer at work as well as archival footage from his earlier years.
July 5, 2018
By the end of this documentary, you will feel as if you not only understand Mr. Sakamoto intellectually, but also share a sense of the excitement he feels when discovering just the right match of sounds.
June 29, 2018
The documentary...is never busy, never intrusive, and glides along at a delicate pace, occasionally capturing painful footage of Sakamoto forcing down a seemingly endless sequence of anti-cancer pills, but otherwise calm, respectful and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2018
Reality and cinema combine seamlessly as editor Hisayo Kushida transitions from studio recordings to film clips that outline an eclectic career.
June 27, 2018
[Sakamoto] is also ceaselessly interested in the possibilities of electronic music, though I have to say shots of him at the piano keyboard are more interesting than him at the computer keyboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 8, 2018
The result is an inspirational and deeply moving biopic that resonates long after the closing credits roll, not only because of the uncertain health of its subject, but the tragedies and joys of the human condition that give meaning to his work.
May 30, 2018
Philosophical insights as well as footage of Sakamoto's far-flung field-recording trips, his love for Andrei Tarkovsky's work, and him scoring films for impulsive directors reveal an ingenious musician still questing for new ideas.
May 22, 2018
Though all-too-imperfectly shot ... this portrait of a towering titan of the music world still inspires, informs and entertains in equal measure.
May 1, 2018
Though all-too-imperfectly shot (a source of both its charms and its flaws), filled with too many jittery, off-kilter close-ups for my taste, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda has one major thing going for it, and that is the quiet charisma of its titular subject.
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