Plays Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan!

Cinematographer: Akiko Ashizawa

Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa explores cross-cultural miscommunication in this engagingly low-key portrait of a TV host becoming lost in Uzbekistan.

2019. Drama. 120 min. NR.

Yoko (Atsuko Maeda in her third collaboration with Kurosawa) is a cautious, introverted, and determined to host of a popular TV travel show. On assignment in Uzbekistan — accompanied by her cynical director (Shota Sometani), a cameraman (Ryo Kase), an AD (Tokio Emoto), and a local Japanese speaking guide (Adiz Radjabov) — she searches for a mythical, fish, samples culinary delicacies, and seeks out other wonders in a land that often appears strange and hostile. But everything goes wrong. She’s unable to find the fish, she almost chokes on half-cooked food, and, frustrated by the failed filming, decides to set aside her host duties and take a stroll on her own. Lost in the streets of a foreign city, she finds herself adrift and alone, confronting her fears and hidden aspirations.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Part of the Art of the Camera film series sponsored by The University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies

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