One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of environmental and life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate documentary portrait of both the artist and the man— hailed as “one of the finest documentaries ever made about the creative process” by Robbie Collins of The Telegraph.
CODA premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was subsequently released internationally during 2018. It was selected as a New York Times Critic’s Pick, gained a 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating, and was nominated in 3 categories for the 2018 Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards in the US. It was also selected for a handful of best of 2018 lists by esteemed publications in the US and Europe, including The Telegraph and Indiewire. In Japan, CODA won the prestigious Houchi Film Award Special Prize for outstanding achievement in directing. CODA was also awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Culture as an outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking—while winning awards and nominations in Europe as well.
US Website: https://coda.mubi.com/
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: async AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY is a live performance film captured during an intimate concert by Ryuichi Sakamoto in New York City. Filmed during the production of RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA, a recent documentary about the same artist’s life journeys and creative process, the performance marked the first public unveiling of Sakamoto’s latest album async, hailed by esteemed publications such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. The film was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018 and is subsequently being released as a companion piece to CODA in many territories around the world.
Currently creating a children’s fantasy project (original IP) in collaboration with Hugo Award nominee Yoshitaka Amano, who is the original character designer for for the FINAL FANTASY game franchise, as well as anime projects such as BATTLE OF THE PLANETS and VAMPIRE HUNTER D. Amano is also an illustrator for acclaimed publications such as the SANDMAN series.
This feature-length music documentary was made in tribute to legendary delta bluesman Robert Johnson. It interweaves live blues sessions and a full interview. EC talks about Johnson’s music and craft in relation to his own. The sessions were filmed in London, Dallas, and LA. We started with a full band, then gradually stripped away elements until Eric performed solo acoustic emulating Johnson’s original style from the 30’s. Sessions aired via PBS, the BBC, Fuji + many other TV networks around the world. It was also released globally by Warner Music as a DVD/CD. Video clips from the project were initially launched via iTunes.
"Sweet Home Chicago" from Session 1
EC Visits Johnson's Last Recording Site
Interview Clip: "A Life's Work"
Last Song "Love in Vain"
Co-produced the Academy Award winning film. Borderland served as the local production services company for the film and was directly responsible for all Japanese elements as well as for managing over 50% of the film’s total production budget. All shooting took place in Japan and a majority of the production crew (over 90%) was local; hybrid US-Japanese production systems were custom designed vis-à-vis Sofia Coppola’s vision and script.
Directed branded video content for Marc Jacobs Japan — for the web, and also in conjunction with MTV Japan.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Video Featuring Kiko Mizuhara
Excerpt from MTV Marc Jacobs Documentary
Marc Jacobs Tokyo Flagship Store Documentary Part 1
Marc Jacobs Tokyo Flagship Store Documentary Part 2
Marc Jacobs Tokyo Flagship Store Documentary Part 3 M.O.S. (Without Sound)
Marc Jacobs Tokyo Flagship Store Documentary Part 4 M.O.S. (Without Sound)
Marc Jacobs Tokyo Flagship Store Documentary Part 5