During ADE Eye Filmmuseum will be screening the mysterious cult film Gohatto (1999) by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima. In memoriam Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952 - 2023), who wrote the beautiful film score.
The screening will be preceded by a musical ode to Sakamoto by Helena Basilova on piano.
When the young samurai Kano is admitted to an elite group, his good looks immediately set his fellow warriors on fire. Ryuichi Sakamoto, who debuted as film composer and actor in Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) wrote the music for this mysterious masterpiece.
There are a few interesting similarities to be noted between Gohatto and Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983), Nagisa Oshima’s better known film for which Sakamoto also provided the score. Both films deal with the attraction between males in unlikely environments. In Merry Christmas... it is a POW camp, in Gohatto a hierarchical group of elite samurai, where the arrival of a stunning young samurai warrior creates tension and causes passions to run deep.
The perceptible development of Sakamoto’s film music is also interesting because of the similarities between these two films. Gohatto’s score is significantly more abstract, with Sakamoto occasionally introducing more soundscapes and also punctuating the score with the glitchy electronics that characterize some of his later solo albums.