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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) (2019)

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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 (14) | Top Critics (2)

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

October 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

August 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's easy to extrapolate: the popstar [Atsuko] Maeda, is offered to hide or break with that past in her cinematographic performance. [Full review in Spanish]

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's film absolutely nails the isolating feeling of being a traveler in a foreign land. This insular, introspective drama speaks in universal profundities.

November 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4

The film twirls into musical territory at two moments, the final a-la Sound of Music. For a film shot naturalistically, it manages to earn these sparks of spontaneity.

November 25, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

How To the Ends of the Earth ends is as lovely--and strange--as anything from one of countryman Takashi Miike's forays into different forms and genres.

November 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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