Irish Film Institute -EAFFI 2021: TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH


Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

120 mins, Japan-Uzbekistan-Qatar, 2020, Subtitled

TV host Yoko (Atsuko Maeda) is in Uzbekistan shooting the latest episode of a travel show with an all male crew. Although she is put in dangerous situations, Yoko is resilient. In her free time, she wanders alone through the streets, texts her firefighter boyfriend in Tokyo, or sings Edith Piaf songs.

Japanese writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa sets this modern day docu-drama – insightful and humorous detour into ‘cultural’ tourism – on the silk road in commemoration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Uzbekistan. Kurosawa draws a nuanced, rich and emotional performance from Atsuko Maeda (a former J-pop idol in her third collaboration with Kurosawa).

This is a rare opportunity to discover the stunning urban, rural, and natural settings found in Uzbekistan through the eyes of a fine director.

Screening as part of the East Asia Film Festival Ireland 2021, March 25th to March 28th.

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