TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari)
Japan/Uzbekistan 2019 | HD Color
Written & Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Produced by Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Jason Gray, Toshikazu Nishigaya
Cast: Atsuko Maeda, Shota Sometani, Tokio Emoto, Adiz Radjabov, and Ryo Kase
World-renowned film maker Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest production shot entirely on location in the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan. ​
 
Based on an original screenplay written by Kurosawa, TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH tells the story of a young Japanese woman named Yoko who, along with her small TV crew, is in Uzbekistan to shoot the latest segment of the lighthearted travel variety show she hosts. Despite the program’s globe-trotting profile, Yoko has an overly-cautious nature not unlike many Japanese people of her generation. The cultural and personal episodes Yoko experiences throughout her journey change her outlook on life. ​

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Festival Screenings:

Locarno Film Festival (international premiere / Piazza Grande closing film)

Toronto IFF (North American premiere / Masters)

New York FF (US premiere / Main Slate)

BFI London FF (UK premiere / Journey)

Busan IFF (Icons)

Almaty FF (CIS premiere)

Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal)

Viennale (Austria)

Hong Kong Asian FF

Tokyo IFF

San Diego Asian FF

・Taipei Golden Horse FF

Mar del Plata IFF (Argentina)

AFI Fest (Los Angeles)

Ajyal Youth FF (Qatar)

Industry News:
"New York Film Festival: Pedro Almodóvar, Kelly Reichardt, Bong Joon-ho Movies Among Lineup"
(Variety)
"Locarno Announces Edgy Mix of Premieres" (Variety)
"Locarno Film Festival unveils 2019 line-up" (Screen Daily)
"Locarno Film Festival Lineup Includes Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’"
(Deadline)
"The 72nd Locarno Film Festival announces its opening and closing titles" (CineEuropa)
"Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Earth' Lands in France with Eurozoom" (Variety)
"Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Earth' Picked up by Free Stone" (Variety)
"Perennials aside, 2019 promises movie classics in Japan" (The Japan Times)
"Japanese Film Makers Find Opportunities in International Co-Productions"
(Variety)
"Kiyoshi Kurosawa's To the Ends of the Earth" (Film Comment)
"Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa Sets ‘To the Ends of the Earth’ in Uzbekistan" (Variety) ​
 
"Kiyoshi Kurosawa to shoot 'The Ends Of The Earth' in Uzbekistan"(Screen International) ​
 
"Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa to Shoot Next Feature in Uzbekistan" (The Hollywood Reporter)