Sakamoto Tribute – The Last Emperor [In-Person Only]

This event took place May 27 - May 28, 2023

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

Bernardo Bertolucci
2h 40m


(Bernardo Bertolucci, China, 1987, 160 min, in English, Mandarin & Japanese with English subtitles)

Not long after Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto reached yet another milestone with his work on Bernardo Bertolucci’s legendary epic The Last Emperor. Joined by David Byrne and Cong Su, he composed nine original symphonic works for the film – some of the most sumptuous and beautiful works of his career (and in cinema music at large) – which won them the 1988 Oscar for Best Original Score and raised Sakamoto’s name to a new plateau of international fame. His compositions are in perfect harmony with the film – a melancholic and haunting suite of melodies that feel timeless, yet also able to reveal hidden depths beneath a brocaded, royal veneer.

Stills courtesy of Janus Films. Synopsis by Chris Day.

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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