Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is perhaps best known for his Golden Globe-nominated score for 2015’s “The Revenant,” and the Oscar-winning score to Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic “The Last Emperor”—just two of the more than 30 film credits he has under his belt. But Ryuichi’s creative output reaches far beyond Hollywood. As a solo artist and as keyboardist for the pioneering synthpop band Yellow Magic Orchestra, he’s released more than two dozen albums. In 2018, the documentary “RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA” dug into his art and anti-nuclear activism and to his return to music following a year-long hiatus for throat cancer treatment. Around the time of its release, Ryuichi opened up to us about overcoming illness, the state of the world, and his approach to creating music for film.

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