2017.09.22 [Updates]
Ryuichi Sakamoto to Recieve 30th Anniversary TIFF SAMURAI Award

Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 SAMURAI Award will be acclaimed musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor), winner of BAFTA and Oscar Awards for his film music. The SAMURAI Award, now in its fourth year, commends achievements by veteran filmmakers and creators who continue to create groundbreaking work that carves paths to a new era in cinema.
It is with great pleasure that we also announce TIFF will be hosting a free talk event inviting Ryuichi Sakamoto as a speaker aimed at young film fans and next-generation filmmakers, as part of TIFF’s vision to engage with youth.

Visuals and Music: A Special Talk Event
with 4th SAMURAI Award Recipient Ryuichi Sakamoto

Date: November 1 (Wed), 2017
Session starts at 3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 2:00 p.m.)
Venue: Tower Hall, Roppongi Academy Hills 49F
Speaker: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Winner of many international awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and always on the cutting edge, musician Ryuichi Sakamoto speaks about his career and approach to scoring for the screen.

Ryuichi Sakamoto (composer, musician)
Sakamoto was born in Tokyo in 1952. He released his debut solo album in 1978, “Thousand Knives,” and with two other musicians, formed the Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) that same year. Although YMO would ultimately disband, Sakamoto went on to work in a wide variety of genres and projects. Sakamoto received a BAFTA award for his Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence soundtrack, and multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award, for his work on The Last Emperor. His constant pursuit of innovative sound has won him accolades around the world. As a peace and environmental advocate he founded the forest conservation organization More Trees and has been an active voice in the anti-nuclear power movement through his Stop Rokkasho and No Nukes activities, and has through music supported the people and areas afflicted by the Tohoku Earthquake. Sakamoto has also been active in the art world, serving as Artistic Director for the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) 10th anniversary celebration in 2013, and Guest Director for the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014. In July 2014, Sakamoto announced that he had oropharyngeal cancer, which required a full year of treatment and recovery. Sakamoto made his comeback in 2015, scoring Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories of My Son and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. In 2016 he scored Sang-il Lee’s Rage. In March 2017, he released “async,” his first solo album in 8 years.
Past SAMURAI Award recipients:

27th TIFF(2014) Takeshi Kitano, Tim Burton
28th TIFF(2015) Yoji Yamada, John Woo
29th TIFF(2016) Martin Scorsese, Kiyoshi Kurosawa

* Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA will be screened in the 30th TIFF’s Special Screenings Section.

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