To the Ends of the Earth

Film

To the Ends of the Earth

Yoko (Atsuko Maeda) hosts a popular global travel show yet is cautious and insular like many young Japanese. But she has a bigger dream. On assignment in Uzbekistan, Yoko and her small TV crew attempt to catch a mythical fish but fail. They also film segments in Samarkand but feel it’s lacking. Indifferent to her job, Yoko prefers texting her boyfriend in Tokyo. At night, she comes across a tied up goat and suggests releasing it on camera. The plan goes awry and Yoko feels indignant and naive. The team move to Tashkent where Yoko wanders into an opulent theatre, fantasizing she's on stage. She confides her ambitions to her cameraman but admits her heart's not ready. While filming, Yoko's timid nature inadvertently gets her in trouble with the police. At the station she hears of a disaster in Tokyo and realizes how important human communication truly is. Some of the team return to Japan but Yoko stays. As she ventures into the mountains she sings from the heart and her spirit is freed.

Festival Locarno Statements

Titre original To the Ends of the Earth
Titre allemand Bis ans Ende der Welt
Titre français To the Ends of the Earth
Autres titres Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari
Réalisation Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Pays Ouzbékistan
Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Scénario Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Musique Yûsuke Hayashi
Image Akiko Ashizawa
Production Loaded Films, Uzbekkino, King Records, Tokyo Theatres K.K.
Durée 120 Min.
Langue Japanisch, Usbekisch/d/f
Acteurs
Tokio Emoto Sasaki
Ryo Kase Iwao
Atsuko Maeda Yoko
Adiz Rajabov Temur
Shôta Sometani Yoshioka

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is known for his horror films that turn a familiar world upside down. Here, the opposite takes place. The more TV reporter Yoko gets lost in the unfamiliar streets of Uzbekistan the more she connects with it. While Kurosawa doesn’t loosen his grip over film language to maximise suspense, he might be signalling a new direction, exemplified by its Japanese title: “The end of a journey, the beginning of a world”. Festival Locarno, Julian Ross

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