To the Ends of the Earth

(Japan/Uzbekistan/2019—directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

In the latest film from master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) — part travelogue, part showbiz satire — a tv-show host on location with her crew in Uzbekistan abandons her assignment and sets out on her own journey of self-discovery. Yoko (Atsuko Maeda, former J-pop star in her third collaboration with Kurosawa) is a cautious, introverted, and determined host of a popular TV travel show.

On assignment in Uzbekistan — accompanied by her jaded director and an indifferent crew, her chipper persona begins to unravel, revealing the paranoia and dislocation beneath. Filled with absurdly humorous set pieces, and climaxing with an unexpected, cathartic burst of lyricism, To the Ends of the Earth is both an entertaining tale of culture clash and a penetrating depiction of a young woman’s alienation and anxiety. Official Selection, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, and Toronto Film Festivals. In Japanese and Uzbek with English subtitles. (120 minutes) 

The viewing link for To the Ends of the Earth will be available starting May 5.

“Kurosawa has delivered an incredible story of one woman's transformation from loneliness to emotional freedom.” - Kevin L. Lee, Film Inquiry

“An insightful and ambivalent interrogation of the strange and often compromised experience that is cultural tourism in the mass media age.” -Jessica Kiang, Variety


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