Ryuichi Sakamoto to Get Samurai Award From Tokyo Film Fest

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda Still 2 - Publicity - H 2017
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The Oscar-winning composer will also participate in a talk show series that will feature directors Brillante Mendoza, Naomi Kawase and Fumihiko Sori.

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will give the 2017 Samurai Award to acclaimed musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

He starred opposite David Bowie in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983, as well as scoring the music for the film.

Sakamoto also won an Oscar, shared with David Byrne and Cong Su, for the original score of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). His life and artistry are the subject of a new documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, which premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival.

Sakamoto will give a talk at the festival in a series that will also feature Brillante Ma Mendoza, Naomi Kawase and Fumihiko Sori, whose live-action take on the Fullmetal Alchemist manga/anime franchise will open TIFF.

Previous recipients of the Samurai Award are Takeshi Kitano, Tim Burton, Yoji Yamada, John Woo, Martin Scorsese and Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

TIFF runs Oct. 25-Nov. 3.