Ryuichi Sakamoto Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

Release Date 09/23/2016

(Milan Records )

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Yoji Yamada, the writer-director of Nagasaki: Memories of My Son, is a legend of Japanese cinema. At 84 years old, his cinematic career has spanned six decades and over 80 films, including the Tora-san series, the longest-running series in cinematic history starring a single actor, of which he wrote and directed 46. As a key member of Shochiku - the oldest film studio in Japan - during the 50's onward, Yamada is perhaps the last director to have lived through what is now known as the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema - a period that gave rise to some of the best known Japanese filmmakers today, including Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Yasujiro Ozu.

Yamada approached Sayuri Yoshinaga, a national star and veteran actor, to play the role of Nobuko Fukuhara, a mother who has lost her son in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The film is an intimate character study of Nobuko, whose son begins to communicate to her as a phantom. Though Nobuko and her son are able to spend fleeting moments of peace together, Nobuko eventually falls ill and joins her son in heaven. At the request of the director, the final song, Requiem, features the words from a poem of the same name, written by Tamiki Hara, who himself was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Together, Yamada and Yoshinaga occupy a significant portion of the Japanese consciousness, deeply influencing generations of people in the post-war period, and Ryuichi Sakamoto was no exception. Born in 1952, Sakamoto was a big fan of the Tora-san series and he has also collaborated with Yoshinaga from time to time, playing piano accompaniments with Yoshinaga recites poetry written by survivors of atomic bombings. So, when the two legends approached him for the film, he emphatically agreed to join the project. Composing the music for Nagasaki: Memories of My Son turned out to be a new challenge for Sakamoto, but through Yamada's vision, Sakamoto is able to evoke a nostalgic landscape of the humble everyday life of Japanese people while successfully paying homage to the film music of the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema.

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son is out September 23, 2016 on Milan Records.

Track List:

01. Memories Of My Son
02. B29
03. August 9th 11:02am
04. At The Graveyard
05. Ghost
06. 'How Are You?'
07. Koji's Room
08. 78 RPM
09. Raindrops
10. After The Rain
11. Machiko
12. Giving Up
13. 'I Can't Take It'
14. Killed In The War
15. Soul Of The Dead Brother
16. Human-induced Tragedy
17. MP
18. Koji's Aria
19. Pastoral
20. Sweet Memories
21. Memories Of My Son-PF
22. Memories Of My Son-Requiem
23. Funeral
24. A Hug
25. Nobuko
26. Machiko's Aria
27. Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son-Title W.PF


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