Japan/Uzbekistan/Qatar, 2019, 120 min, Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Not Rated, Japanese with English subtitles, KimStim Films
"An insightful and ambivalent interrogation of the strange and often compromised experience that is cultural tourism in the mass media age." —Jessica Kiang, Variety
"Beginning as an offbeat, fish-out-of-water travelogue, To The Ends Of The Earth gradually incorporates elements of an adventure movie, self-reflexive film shoot, and even musical melodrama. By the end, it’s no less than one of the most moving films Kurosawa has ever made." —Lawrence Garcia, The AV Club
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Yoko (former J-pop idol Atsuko Maeda) travels with a small crew to Uzbekistan (breathtakingly captured by veteran DP Akiko Ashizawa) to shoot an episode of her reality TV travel show. In front of the camera, her persona is carefree and happy-go-lucky, but behind the scenes she is cautious and introverted. Despite her best efforts, all the shootings end unsuccessfully. Frustrated by the failed filming, she takes to the streets of this mysterious country on her own. Lost in the streets of Tashkent, she finds herself adrift and alone, confronting her deepest fears and hidden aspirations. A brilliant mix of black comedy, travelogue, drama, and an adventure-imbued mockery of showbiz, To the Ends of the Earth is a young woman's journey from displacement to a place of self-discovery.
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