Concert film ‘Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus’ for cinema release in China

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Concert documentary, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus,” directed by Neo Sora, will hit theaters in mainland China on May 31.

The film had its world premiere last year during the official selection at the Venice Festival. That was followed by a critically acclaimed run at the New York, London and Camerimage festivals.

Award-winning Japanese composer Sakamoto, who won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy and two Golden Globes, had a four-decade career that spanned techno-pop to Oscar-winning scores for films like Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’, ‘The Last Emperor’ and ‘The Revenant’.

Sakamoto passed away in March last year after a long battle with cancer. Before his death, he curated and played the piano during a final concert, consisting of twenty pieces of music that he chose and ordered himself.

The concert film covers the period from pop star Yellow Magic Orchestra to his iconic film music ‘Emperor’ and the meditative last album ’12’. Variety‘s review of the film called it a “glorious final performance”.

In China, the film is overseen by JL Film, which previously re-released ‘La La Land’ in late 2023. In 2022, JL Film was on board with ‘Life Is Beautiful’ and ‘Wrath of Man’. and in 2019 it was behind the Chinese release of ‘Knives Out’.

The deal was brokered by London and Paris-based sales and production house Film Constellation.

The film is currently in preparation for theatrical releases in North America (Janus), South Korea (Media Castle), Taiwan (Cai Chang), Hong Kong and Macau (Edko Films), Singapore (Anticipate Pictures), the UK and Ireland (Modern Films). ), Spain (Filmin/Elastica), Germany and Austria (Rapid Eye), Scandinavia (Njuta), Portugal (Midas Filmes), Australia (Hi Gloss), the Baltic States (Kino Pavasaris).

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“Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus” will be released later this month in Sakamoto’s native Japan via Bitters End, with other outings in New Zealand and Italy later this year.

The film is produced by Sora Norika and Eric Nyari, Albert Tholen (Bruiser) and Masubuchi Aiko.

The film is executive produced by Jeremy Thomas, with whom Sakamoto collaborated on some of his most iconic film scores, including ‘The Last Emperor’ and ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’.

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