To the Ends of the Earth

An insightful and ambivalent interrogation of the strange and often compromised experience that is cultural tourism in the mass media age.

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To the Ends of the Earth

World premiering as the closing night film at 2019 Locarno Film Festival, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH was commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan. In the film, Yoko travels with a small crew to Uzbekistan 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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Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Jessica Kiang, Variety

“To the Ends of the Earth,” the story of a young Japanese journalist’s experiences in Uzbekistan filming a report for a Japanese TV travel show, was originally commissioned to celebrate 25 years of cordial diplomatic relations between director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s hyper-developed island homeland and ...

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