Directed by Andrew Levitas and based on the book by the same name, Minamata tells the story of reclusive war photographer Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) as he travels Japan to document the devastating effect of mercury poisoning among coastal communities. Armed with only his trusted camera, Smith’s images from the toxic village give the disaster a heartbreaking human dimension, and his initial assignment turns into a life-changing experience.
The emotional and elegant score is composed by musical legend Ryuichi Sakamoto. The soundtrack features also One Single Voice, the end credit song by Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.
“Ryuichi was my dream collaborator – he would be on any film – but on this mission in particular, there could be no one else…The music quite literally needed to represent both the absolute best of humanity as well as the worst…In my opinion, Ryuichi was able to elegantly ride this razor’s edge and deliver on this concept entirely.” Andrew Levitas