The Inland Sea

The Inland Sea (1991)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 1991-12-01
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 6 ratings
  • Runtime: 0h 56min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Travelfilm Company
  • Production Country: Japan, United States of America
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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.

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    Camera Hiro Narita Director of Photography
    Sound Toru Takemitsu Original Music Composer
    Writing Donald Richie Writer
    Writing Donald Richie Book
    Sound Tom Hartig Sound
    Editing Brian Cotnoir Editor
    Production Brian Cotnoir Producer
    Directing Lucille Carra Director
    Production Lucille Carra Producer
    Writing Lucille Carra Writer
    Production Gerald Carrus Executive Producer