Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away at the age of 71

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto sadly passed away on March 28. Cancer beat him while he was only 71 years old. In his career, he has written some stunning music, including the music for the movies The Revenant, The Last Emperor and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, which all won him many awards. Without me knowing, he was a significant influence on my love for film music when I was just a child: I had been listening to his theme for Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence on a cassette tape a lot before I even knew the concept of a soundtrack.

Our condolences to his close circle and we wish them all the best.


  • Anton Smit

    Anton is the editor-in-chief and founder of Soundtrack World. After writing about film music occasionally, he thought it was time to create his own site to celebrate music from film but also other media. Next to working on this website, Anton is a member of the International Film Music Critics Association, has a job in IT and plays the tuba in a local orchestra.

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