• Wednesday, June 26 at 11:00am

Film Forum will host a tribute to the late critic and film historian Donald Richie on Wednesday, June 26 at 11:00 am.

The person most responsible for introducing the West to the Japanese cinema – especially the works of Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa – Mr. Richie was also a prolific novelist, essayist, filmmaker, painter, and all-round Renaissance man.  

Born in Lima, Ohio, Mr. Richie first arrived in Japan in 1947 as a 22-year-old typist with the U.S. Occupation, the beginning of his 65-year love affair with the country.   He died in Tokyo this past February 19 at age 88.  

The memorial, the only one to be held in New York City (a similar tribute was recently held in Tokyo), is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 10:30am. 

Friends and colleagues of Mr. Richie’s scheduled to speak include Ian Buruma, Daryl Chin, Emilie de Brigard, Lucille Carra, Bruce Goldstein, Peter Grilli, Laurence Kardish, Stephen Prince, Mary Richie, and Paul Schrader.

The program, produced by Bruce Goldstein, Kim Hendrickson and Laurence Kardish, will also include clips from movies that Mr. Richie loved, as well as one of his own short films (Boy with Cat).