To the Ends of the Earth
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Run Time: 120 min. Language: Japanese
Yoko (former Jpop 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 takesto 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.
“A movie where gorgeously lit and framed exterior photography, as well as consummately precise body-language-centric performances, often convey more than most dialogue could.” ~ Simon Abrams, rogerebert.com
“Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s contemplative and critical melodrama is a travelogue about a travelogue, a tale of the fabrications of reality TV and their effect on the fabricators.” ~ Richard Brody, New Yorker
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