To the Ends of the Earth

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To the Ends of the Earth finds filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa crafting an insightful evocation of the feeling of being far from home.

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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

  • More than any film before it, To the Ends of the Earth fully embodies the isolation of culture shock.

    December 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a history lesson, yes, but it's also a lesson in basic humanity.

    December 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Kurosawa's command of film form gives the movie an embracing magnetism despite its seeming thinness of plot.

    December 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • If one persists in calling To The Ends Of The Earth a departure, then one might well marvel at how the Japanese director manages to stake out territory in so many different directions.

    December 8, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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