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Inland Sea

Minatomachi

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Japan, United States, 2018
Documentary
  • Japanese
  • Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Kazuhiro Soda: Radical Observation

Synopsis

Forsaken by the era of modernization of post-war Japan, Ushimado is rapidly aging and declining. Its rich, ancient culture and the tightknit community are also on the verge of disappearing. This documentary poetically depicts the twilight days of a village and its people by the dreamlike Inland Sea.

Our take

We are proud to launch a new retrospective devoted to one of contemporary cinema’s great documentarians, Kazuhiro Soda. His newest film, an evocative and compassionate portrait of character and place, is emblematic of his radical yet direct style that approaches his subjects personally and in-depth.

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Critics reviews

The seventh in his Observational Film series, Minatomachi casually, yet carefully follows the daily routines of several octogenarian residents, celebrating their lives and their livelihoods, while mourning for a generation that will soon be lost to history.
February 28, 2018
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There’s more than enough charm, empathy and unfussy skill on show here to reward patient viewers.
February 27, 2018
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Not ambivalent and analytic but rather a sweet-natured, deeply-interested observer.
February 18, 2018
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