Ryuichi Sakamoto Has Been Honored By Busan
Ryuichi Sakamoto is shown here attending the closing ceremony during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palast on February 24, 2018 in Berlin, Germany – Photo: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Europe.
Great composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has been named Asian Filmmaker of the year by the Busan International Film Festival, according to a report by Patrick Frater of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety. He won an Oscar for best original score for Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Last Emperor” in 1986.
Ryuichi Sakamoto will receive his prize in October during the Busan festival’s opening ceremony. He will also perform and provide the score.
The festival hailed Ryuichi Sakamoto for his “sheer amount of time, effort, and passion.” It described him as “deeply admired and loved by the public as an artist who remains a prominent musician in the history of world cinema.”
Over a career spanning 40 years, Ryuichi Sakamoto has ranged from pioneering electronic music through to rock, opera and classical genres. His first music for film was for Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983. He picked up Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for The Sheltering Sky in 1990 and repeated the feat for Little Buddha in 1993. Other prominent credits include Pedro Almodovar’s High Heels and Ridley Scott’s Black Rain.
Ryuichi Sakamoto was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014, but beat the disease and has bounced back with music scores for The Revenant, The Fortress and upcoming animation film My TYRANO: Together Forever.
The prize is one of the most significant awards in Asian cinema. Previous recipients have included Andy Lau, Ann Hui, Studio Ghibli, Rithy Panh and Abbas Kiarostami.