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—visits 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.
Lucille Carra (2019):
Director Lucille Carra talks about the making of The Inland Sea in this interview, recorded for the Criterion Collection in 2019
Paul Schrader and Ian Buruma (2019):
In this conversation, recorded for the Criterion Collection in 2019, filmmaker Paul Schrader and cultural critic Ian Buruma discuss the life and legacy of their close friend Donald Richie, whose 1971 travelogue of the same name inspired The Inland Sea.
Donald Richie (1991):
In 1991, director Lucille Carra shot this interview with author and film historian Donald Richie. In it, he discusses his seminal book The Inland Sea and reflects on his reputation as a leading Western authority on Japanese culture.
1.28GB | 56mn 37s | 960×576 | mkv
Language(s):English narration (+ Japanese dialogue)
Subtitles:English (for non-English parts), English SDH