Director Kazuhiro Soda will receive a retrospective highlighting several of his films with screenings and Q&A sessions at New York’s Spectacle Theater.

Los Angeles, CA – February 21, 2019 – MUBI announces it will present the exclusive streaming premiere of Kazuhiro Soda’s ‘INLAND SEA’ globally beginning March 4th, and will also host a retrospective highlighting Soda’s filmography at Spectacle Theater. 

MUBI will kick off its retrospective with a screening of INLAND SEA on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30pm, followed by a Q&A session with Soda. Additional films from Soda will be showcased at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, NY, and INLAND SEA will also screen in Los Angeles, with the date to be announced shortly. 

INLAND SEA is, however, primarily a work of simple and unapologetic humanism, happily in love with people (‘We’re as we are,” one remarks’),” wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

From the renowned Japanese director and produced by Kiyoko Kashiwagi, INLAND SEA (aka Minatomachi) is an observational, black and white film that takes place in a small village, Ushimado, whose rich culture and close community have been deserted by the era of modernization in post-war Japan. Beloved by Japanese film director, Shohei Imamura, who set Black Rain (1989) and Dr. Akagi (1998) in Ushimado is now rapidly aging and in decline, as its ancient culture is on the verge of disappearing. INLAND SEA documents the village’s remaining inhabitants – Wai-chan, the 86-year-old fisherman who dreams about retirement, Kumi-san, an 84-year-old villager who wanders the shores, convinced a social welfare facility stole her disabled son, and also, the “late-stage elderly” Koso-san, a widow and runner of a small seafood store, who sells fish to local townspeople, providing the stray cats with the leftovers.

“With its sensitive approach and gentle curiosity, INLAND SEA approaches a certain timelessness. The generous and emphatic engagement that emerges from the film is both moving and beautiful.” – Artistic Director of Cinéma du Réel, Andréa Picard. 

Adhering to the unique “Ten Commandments” that define the prestigious filmmaker’s observational style, Soda searches in unexpected and hidden places of the everyday that are often overlooked, hoping to seek and discover something innately human. By allowing the camera to spontaneously roll, INLAND SEA authentically captures a village and community facing abandonment and being forgotten.

Competing globally, the silent doc has prestigiously received the second-ever Glasshütte Original Documentary Award nomination at Berlinale 2018 and was honored with the nomination for the Golden Firebird Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018. Watch the trailer for INLAND SEA here: https://vimeo.com/254417063.

Details for Kazuhiro Soda’s retrospective at the Spectacle Theater:

INLAND SEA (2017) – Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30pm w/ Q&A

 Sunday, March 3rd at 5pm

 Tuesday, March 5th at 10pm

 Tuesday, March 12th at 7:30pm

 Monday, March 25th at 10pm

MENTAL (2008) – Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30pm w/ Q&A

THE BIG HOUSE (2018) – Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00pm with Q&A

CAMPAIGN (2007) – Sunday, March 24th at 5:00pm w/ Q&A

CAMPAIGN 2 (2013) – Sunday, March 24th at 7:30pm

Radical Observation: The Films of Kazuhiro Soda: https://vimeo.com/317313583.

The Spectacle Theater is located at 124 S. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249. INLAND SEA will screen in Los Angeles, with the date to be announced shortly. To attend and for press inquiries, please contact: jenna@tricoast.com

MUBI will present the  global streaming premiere of INLAND SEA on March 4th. Following, MUBI will release Soda’s PEACE on March 5th, CAMPAIGN on March 18thCAMPAIGN 2 on March 19th, and will also show MENTAL during the summer across multiple international territories. The curated streaming film platforms are available at https://mubi.com, on Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs, as well as on mobile devices including iPad, iPhone and Android.


INLAND SEA (2017, 122 min.) Directed and written by Kazuhiro Soda. Producers: Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Kazuhiro Soda. Editor: Kazuhiro Soda. Cinematographer: Kazuhiro Soda. Japan/USA, Japanese/Silent. Laboratory X, Rock Salt Releasing.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Laboratory X – Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Kazuhiro Soda.


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