Ryuichi Sakamoto

Composer, Musician, Actor
One of the few figures in contemporary Japanese popular music to have found an international audience, firstly with the successful Yellow Magic Orchestra. Ryuichi began composing for films in 1983 with "Merry Christmas ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1952 in Japan

Filmography

Music (39)

Nuclear Nation 2013 (Movie)

Closing Theme Composer & Performer (Composer)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Women Without Men 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

Silk 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Silk 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

("(Only)Love Can Conquer Hate") (Song Performer)

Appleseed 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Tony Takitani 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

The Blonds 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Derrida 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Femme Fatale 2002 (Movie)

(Performer)

Femme Fatale 2002 (Movie)

(Composer)

Lullaby of Clubland 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Taboo 2000 (Movie)

music conductor & orchestrations (Music Conductor)

Taboo 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Poppoya 1999 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

Love Is the Devil 1998 (Movie)

(Performer)

Love Is the Devil 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Wild Side 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Composer

Little Buddha 1994 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Little Buddha 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force 1994 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Tokyo Decadence 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

High Heels 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Peachboy 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Laserman 1990 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

The Sheltering Sky 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Adventures of Milo and Otis 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 1983 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (6)

Burning Ice 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New Rose Hotel 1999 (Movie)

Hiroshi's Executive (Actor)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

Amakasu (Actor)

Brand New Day 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 1983 (Movie)

Captain Yonoi (Actor)

Biography

One of the few figures in contemporary Japanese popular music to have found an international audience, firstly with the successful Yellow Magic Orchestra. Ryuichi began composing for films in 1983 with "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence", in which he also portrayed Captain Yonoi, and won an Oscar for the haunting score of "The Last Emperor" (1987), co-written with David Byrne and Cong Su.

Relationships

Norika Sakamoto

Wife

EDUCATION

University of the Arts

enrolled at age 18

Milestones

2000

Scored the film "Gohatto/Taboo", directed by Oshima

1987

Contributed to the award-winning score of Bernardo Bertolucci's epic "The Last Emperor"

1983

First film as composer, Nagisa Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (also acted)

1983

After disbanding Yellow Magic Orchestra, pursued solo recording career

1978

Founding member of Yellow Magic Orchestra

Began studying piano at age three and composing at ten

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