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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Monster (OMPS)

Sony Masterworks
Release Date: November 17, 2023

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Celebration
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2 Monster 1 (3:56)  
3 hwit (6:30)  
4 Monster 2 (2:55)  
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6 hibari (9:03)  
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The Hirokazu Kore-eda-directed film premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Best Screenplay award. The soundtrack contains existing pieces licensed from Sakamoto’s catalog alongside two new pieces specifically composed for the film “Monster 1” and “Monster 2” prior to his passing this past spring.

Composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto (1.96M Monthly Listeners)

When her young son Minato starts to behave strangely, his mother feels that there is something wrong. Discovering that a teacher is responsible, she storms into the school demanding to know what's going on. But as the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher and child, the truth gradually emerges.
‘Monster’ Director Kore-eda Hirokazu on Working With Composer Sakamoto Ryuichi on One of His Last Musical Compositions
“Kore-eda hoped a collaboration would happen after an earlier opportunity to work together over a decade ago fell through. He penned a letter to Sakamoto, who said yes. However, Sakamoto, who died earlier this year, said he didn’t have the strength to write the music for an entire score.

Sakamoto contributed music for two scenes in the film, including an important scene with Saori as she confronts Mr. Hori on insulting and hitting the children at school. Sakamoto’s music underscores that moment. He also wrote the end cue. Unable to give him a full composition, Sakamoto gave the director access to use music from his last solo album “12.” “He is such a unique talent,” Kore-eda says.”

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