Ryuichi Sakamoto (I)

Down 34 this week
1:48 | Trailer
Ryuichi Sakamoto was born on January 17, 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a composer and actor, known for The Last Emperor (1987), The Revenant (2015) and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). He was previously married to Akiko Yano and ?. See full bio »

The Best Movies and Series to Watch in October

Take a look at the best movies and series to watch in October in theaters and streaming.

See the IMDb Editors' picks

Fall TV: The Best New and Upcoming Series

Explore our list of the most anticipated new and returning series coming in 2022.

See the full list

The Best New and Upcoming Horror

Celebrate the season of spooky with a look at some of the horror movies and series out now and coming soon.

See the full list

On Prime Video

Editorial Lists

Related lists from IMDb editors

a list of 14 images
updated 03 Dec 2015
a list of 5 images
updated 03 Dec 2015

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 people
created 10 Dec 2011
a list of 31 people
created 09 Jul 2019
a list of 40 people
created 05 Jul 2019
a list of 31 people
created 11 Oct 2018
a list of 30 people
created 27 Feb 2020

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDb page

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Ryuichi Sakamoto's work have you seen?

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

The Last Emperor Composer
The Revenant Composer
Black Rain Soundtrack


Hide Hide Show Show Composer (103 credits)
 2017 No Man's Land: A Folktale (Documentary short) (completed)
 2021 Moskau 1941 - Stimmen am Abgrund (TV Movie documentary)
 2021 Beckett (music by)
 2020 Today's Nekomura (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (2020)
- Episode #1.3 (2020)
- Episode #1.2 (2020)
- Episode #1.1 (2020)
 2020 Minamata
 2019 Proxima
 2019 Agniyogana (Documentary)
 2019 Paradise Next
 2019 Black Mirror (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Smithereens (2019)
 2019 Draw A Line (Documentary)
 2019 The Staggering Girl (Short)
 2019 Shiro Takatani - Between Nature and Technology (Documentary) (music)
 2019 After the Echo (Short)
 2018 Your Face (Documentary)
 2018 Reindeer Herder's Dreams (Documentary short) (music)
 2017 Ginger Zi (Short) (from the album 'async')
 2017 Lamphead (Short)
 2017 Loving Lisa (Documentary short)
 2017 Tetragrammaton (The Sin) (Short)
 2017 The Fortress
 2017 Ryuichi Sakamoto async (Short)
 2017 Andata (Short) (music composed by)
 2017 Each One Another (Short)
 2017/I Fullmoon (Short)
 2017/III Wanderer (Short)
 2017 A Gentle Glow (Short)
 2017 Day 99 (Short)
 2017 Error Code (Short)
 2017 Haiku on a Plum Tree (Documentary)
 2017 Star Sand
 2016 Rage
 2016 Any Other Normal (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2016 Rivera Connect (Short) (original music composed by)
 2015 The Revenant (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2015 Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2015 The Veteran Hour (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2015 0930 Hours (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2015 0300 Hours (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2015 2200 Hours (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2014 Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Orchestra 2014 (TV Special) (music by)
 2013 Metamorphosis (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2013 Ana Ana (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto, music by)
 2013 Psychedelic Afternoon (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto, composed by)
 2012 I Have to Buy New Shoes (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2012 Light Up Nippon (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2012 Futaba kara tooku hanarete (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2011 Musescape (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2011 Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2011 Space News (TV Series) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2009 Women Without Men (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2009 The Moment After (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto, original music by)
 2007 Silk (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2005 Zarin (Short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2005 Shining Boy and Little Randy (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2004 Tony Takitani (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2004 Original Child Bomb (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2004 Appleseed (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2004 Seven Samurai 20XX (Video Game) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2003 Life Is Journey (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2003 The Blonds (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2002 Femme Fatale (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2002 Derrida (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2002 Alexei and the Spring (Documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 2000 Watergate: Heart of Asia (Music Video)
 2000 Eien no ko (TV Series) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1999 Taboo (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1998 Snake Eyes (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1995 Wild Side (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1993 Little Buddha (music composed by)
 1993 Rabbit Ears: Peachboy (Video short) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1993 Wild Palms (TV Mini Series) (5 episodes)
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1993) ... (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
- Hungry Ghosts (1993) ... (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
- Rising Sons (1993) ... (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
- The Floating World (1993) ... (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
- Everything Must Go (1993) ... (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1992 Wuthering Heights (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1992 Cerimònia d'inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona '92 (TV Special) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1992 Tokyo Decadence (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1991 High Heels (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1990 Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis (Documentary)
 1990 The Sheltering Sky (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1989 News 23 (TV Series) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1987 Ryuichi Sakamoto Feat. Iggy Pop: Risky (Music Video) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1987 Wings of Honneamise (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1986 The Adventures of Milo and Otis (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1986 Adelic Penguins (Video short)
 1985 Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Human Tube (Music Video)
 1985 Tokyo melody: un film sur Ryuichi Sakamoto (TV Movie documentary) (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1984 In A Forest of Feathers (Music Video)
 1984 YMO Propaganda (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1983 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
 1983 It's All Right, My Friend (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
Show Show Music department (37 credits)
Show Show Actor (19 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (79 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Sound department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (10 credits)
Show Show Self (109 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Promo video for Ryuichi Sakamoto's 'Risky'

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Yellow Magic Orchestra | Ryûichi Sakamoto | YMO


5' 7¼" (1.71 m)


Akiko Yano  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »

Did You Know?


For the two movies in which he has acted in major roles, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) and The Last Emperor (1987), he also composed the original score See more »



Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed