Update, October 21: Alva Noto has contributed to the film score.

Sakamoto has revealed that his frequent collaborator, with whom he’s released several collaborations through Raster-Noton, has also written music for The Revenant. The National’s Bryce Dessner is also involved, as RA reports.

Birdman director taps the legendary composer for his next feature.

Ryuichi Sakamoto, who recently announced his return to work after treatment for throat cancer, is scoring The Revenant, the latest film by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel, 21 Grams).

Based on the novel by Michael Punke, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson (not bad) and follows the fate of an explorer who is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his hunting team.

The Revenant will be released in select cities on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide on January 8, 2016. Watch the trailer below, and for more from Sakamoto’s incredible back catalogue, head straight to The Essential… Yellow Magic Orchestra. [via FilmMusicReporter]

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