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World premiered 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. 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. Winner, Best Supporting Actor (Ryô Kase), 2020 Asian Film Awards. Official Selection, 2019 Locarno, Toronto, London, Busan, New York and AFI FEST film festivals.

Courtesy of KimStim Films.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    120 minutes
  • Language
    Japanese, Uzbek
  • Country
    Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Screenwriter
    Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Producer
    Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Jason Gray, Toshikazu Nishigaya
  • Cast
    Atsuko Maeda, Shôta Sometani, Adiz Radjabov, Tokio Emoto, Ryô Kase