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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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