A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Houshi Ryokan in Komatsu, Japan, is one of the oldest family-run inns in the world. It has operated under the dedicated guardianship of Houshi men and their families for 46 generations. This beautiful film by Fritz Schumann gets to know the current Houshi caretakers, who in the wake of a recent tragedy must resolve an important question—who will become the 47th owner of the ryokan? This film is short, but it captures universal aspects of the human experience: family expectations opposing personal desires, and tradition battling the modern pulls of a changing world.
Produced by Fritz Schumann
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