To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari)

2019

To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (8)

  • An insightful and ambivalent interrogation of the strange and often compromised experience that is cultural tourism in the mass media age.

    Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

    Variety
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  • It really does feel like Maeda/Yoko is stumbling haphazardly from one real setting to another, in a film expertly cast down the to the tiniest of roles.

    Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • At first, To the Ends of the Earth feels like it meanders too much, but in hindsight, I think Kurosawa has delivered an incredible story of one woman's transformation from loneliness to emotional freedom.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Many films set abroad borrow "exotic" backdrops and locals to make their lead characters more interesting. To the Ends of the Earth avoids all that.

    Sep 21, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • With his latest, Kiyoshi Kurosawa celebrates the conquering of fear as our greatest hope against the world's horrors.

    Sep 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Kurosawa navigates both the absurdities and nightmares of Yoko's stay in Uzbekistan with a fantastic sense of detail.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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