Sakamoto Tribute – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence [In-Person Only]

This event took place May 20 - May 21, 2023

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Members

Nagisa Oshima
United Kingdom
2h 3m


(Nagisa Oshima, United Kingdom, 1983, 123 min, in English & Japanese with English subtitles)

We begin our Ryuichi Sakamoto triple-tribute with what may be his most iconic screen work among many: Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. For his first major film score, Sakamoto composed a score as rich and heartfelt as Oshima’s film itself, culminating in the legendary title track. His work didn’t stop there, however – on camera, he gives a nuanced performance as a commander whose stoic principles and dedication to tradition is challenged by the arrival of a British POW, the singularly cinematic figure of David Bowie. Mr. Lawrence marked a stunning beginning to a new chapter of Sakamoto’s career, which would have a quiet but profound influence on cinema.

Stills courtesy of Janus Films. Synopsis courtesy of Chris Day.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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