In 1971, author and film scholar Donald Richie published a poetic travelogue about his explorations of the islands of Japanâs Inland Sea, recording his search for traces of a traditional way of life as well as his own journey of self-discovery. Twenty years later, filmmaker Lucille Carra undertook a parallel trip inspired by Richieâs by-then-classic book, capturing images of hushed beauty and meeting people who still carried on the fading customs that Richie had observed. Interspersed with surprising detoursâa visit to a Frank Sinatraâloving monk, a leper colony, an ersatz temple of plywood and plasterâand woven together by Richieâs narration as well as a score by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu, The Inland Sea
is an eye-opening voyage and a profound meditation on what it means to be a foreigner.
- New interview with director Lucille Carra
- New conversation between filmmaker Paul Schrader and cultural critic Ian Buruma on author Donald Richie
- Interview with Donald Richie from 1991
- An essay by scholar Arturo Silva