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The Inland Sea

Spine #988

Aug 13, 2019

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.66:1 Widescreen
  • English PCM Stereo
  • English subtitles

The Inland Sea

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Directed By: Lucille Carra
Licensor: Travel Film Company
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In 1971, author and film scholar Donald Richie published a poetic travelogue about his explorations of the islands of Japan’s 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 Richie’s 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 detours—a visit to a Frank Sinatra–loving monk, a leper colony, an ersatz temple of plywood and plaster—and woven together by Richie’s 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


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