Ryuichi Sakamoto Returns with Soundtrack Release for Yoji Yamada's 'Nagasaki: Memories of My Son'

Ryuichi Sakamoto Returns with Soundtrack Release for Yoji Yamada's 'Nagasaki: Memories of My Son'
While Ryuichi Sakamoto's stellar soundtrack work on The Revenant may have been shut out by the Oscars, that's not stopping the Japanese musical hero from turning his back on the world of film. In fact, Sakamoto is already back with his next musical work for a film, Nagasaki: Memories of My Son.

Today (July 20) Milan Records confirmed it will be releasing Sakamoto's new score on September 23.

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son was directed by 84-year-old Japanese film legend Yoji Yamada and stars Sayuri Yoshinaga as Nobuko Fukuhara, a mother who has lost her son in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

A press release further describes the film like this:

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.

As for Sakamoto's score, it's said 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."

At the request of Yamada, the final song of the album, "Requiem," features a poem by the same name written by Tamiki Hara, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima.

For now, listen to the new Sakamoto composition "Raindrops" below [via The Fader], where you can also find a trailer for the film.

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son:

1. Memories Of My Son
2. B29
3. August 9th 11:02am
4. At The Graveyard
5. Ghost
6. 'How Are You?'
7. Koji's Room
8. 78 RPM
9. 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