Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
120 min | 2019 | Japan and Uzbekistan | Not Rated
Presented in Japanese and Uzbek with English subtitles.
Cast: Tokio Emoto, Ryô Kase, Atsuko Maeda, Adiz Rajabov, Shôta Sometani
Yoko (Atsuko Maeda, former J-pop star in her third collaboration with Kurosawa) is a cautious, introverted, and determined host of a popular TV travel show. On assignment in Uzbekistan — accompanied by her jaded director and an indifferent crew, her chipper persona begins to unravel, revealing the paranoia and dislocation beneath. Filled with absurdly humorous set pieces, and climaxing with a cathartic burst of song, To the Ends of the Earth is both an entertaining tale of culture clash and a penetrating depiction of a young woman’s alienation and anxiety.
Official Selection: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival