TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (TABI NO OWARI SEKAI NO HAJIMARI) World Cinema

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (TABI NO OWARI SEKAI NO HAJIMARI)

Talent attending: Jason Gray (Producer), Eiko Mizuno (Producer)

In his most emotional work to date, J-horror pioneer Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers a profoundly affecting account of displacement. A Japanese TV crew is shooting a travelogue in Uzbekistan. At the center of the all-male crew is on-camera host, singer and actress Yoko. While on the surface demure and cautious, a nuanced performance from former J-pop icon Atusko Maeda reveals Yoko’s conflicted interior existence, one brimming with suppressed ambitions and anxieties. Production difficulties and confrontations amid cultural and language barriers result in repeated failures, dead-end concepts and unusable footage. Beleaguered by a series of uncomfortable misunderstandings, Yoko is no longer able to summon the necessary enthusiasm and wanders the streets of the unfamiliar landscape alone, spiraling into alienation and loneliness, where fears of the unknown are all-consuming. –Malin Kan

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning director of films including CURE, BRIGHT FUTURE, TOKYO SONATA, PENANCE, JOURNEY TO THE SHORE and BEFORE WE VANISH.

Details

Country: Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar

Year: 2019

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Screenwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Producers: Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Jason Gray, Toshikazu Nishigaya

Executive Producers: Toshiaki Sakamoto, Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Kazuhiro Ohta, Nobuo Miyazaki, Tatsuya Yoshino, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Furkat Zokirov

Director of Photography: Akiko Ashizawa

Editor: Koichi Takahashi

Production Designer: Norifumi Ataka

Music: Yusuke Hayashi

Cast/Featuring: Atsuko Maeda, Ryo Kase, Shota Sometani, Adiz Radjabov, Tokio Emoto

Running Time (minutes): 120 min

Languges: Japanese, Uzbek

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