Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus

Trailer Review

Starr · Rhinebeck / Orpheum · Saugerties

A SONIC WAVE 2 screening.

Opens May 17

The enigmatic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto was one of the world’s greatest musicians. Now, in this documentary by his son Neo Sora, we are able to see Sakamoto’s last performance before his death, a concert film featuring just him and his piano. Curated and sequenced by Sakamoto himself, the twenty pieces span his entire career, from his pop-star period with Yellow Magic Orchestra and his magnificent scores for filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci to his meditative final album, 12(dir. Neo Sora, Japan, 2023, 103m)

“One might say it was a performance for nobody — Sakamoto filmed alone in a studio, with only the crew there as audience. But it’s more correct to say it’s for us, a gift from a master.” –The New York Times