SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019


Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar
2019, 120 mins
Production: Loaded Films Ltd., Tokyo Theatres Inc.
Language: Japanese, Uzbek
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
DoP: Akiko Ashizawa
Composer: Yusuke Hayashi
Producer: Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Jason Gray,
Toshikazu Nishigaya
Editor: Koichi Takahashi
Cast: Atsuko Maeda, Ryo Kase, Shota Sometani, Adiz Radjabov, Tokio Emoto


Yoko hosts a hit travel show, but she’s an insular person who holds onto a bigger dream. On assignment in Uzbekistan things don’t go as planned. In Samarkand, she feels sorry for a tied up goat, in Tashkent, Yoko wanders into an opulent theatre, fantasizing she’s on stage, while filming at a bazaar, Yoko’s timid nature gets her in trouble with the police…Some of the team return to Japan but Yoko stays. As she ventures into the mountains, her spirit is freed.

Director’s biography

Kiyoshi Kurosawa was born in 1955 in the Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He began making 8mm films while a student at Rikkyo University. Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a film director, screenwriter, film critic and a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Although he has worked in a variety of genres, Kurosawa is best known for his contribution to the Japanese horror genre. His films have been nominated and took awards at the major film festivals including Cannes, Locarno etc.

Director’s Filmography (selected)

2019 To the End of the Earth
2017 Before We Vanish
2016 Daguerrotype
2015 Journey to the Shore
2008 Tokyo Sonata
2003 Двойник Doppelgänger
2003 Bright Future
2001 Pulse
1999 Charisma
1997 Cure