The Passing of Donald Richie, American Expert on Japan

Image of Donald Richie at a young age in Japan

Existentialism tells you that you are only, merely, but finally and triumphantly, what you do. All the best intentions in the world, all the crying over spilt milk, never last. When you are in your grave, what you accomplish is the only thing that works. That's why Ikiru is such a great picture—that's what it's about.

He was prolific as a writer and artist and his life was fulfilled by his love for Japan, his adopted homeland.