Yoko, a show host of a popular world travel program, has a cautious and narrow-minded personality like many young Japanese. However, she has a big dream. In Uzbekistan, she and her small TV crew try to shoot the mysterious fish but eventually fail. They are also filming in Samarkand, but it’s not satisfactory. After losing interest, Yoko sends a text message to her boyfriend, who is working as a firefighter in Tokyo at night. Yoko, who found a goat tied up alone at night, suggests to the director that they take a scene where the goat is released in the field. When Yoko films the release of the goat, the owner of the goat who sold it to her said, "The goat will be the prey of the wild dogs," and Yoko resents herself. Yoko moves to Tashkent with the filming crew, and enters the colorful concert hall, imagining she’s doing a showy performance on the stage.
While filming in a traditional market like a maze, Yoko is chased by police after taking photos of areas where filming is prohibited. After all, under investigation at the police station, she learns from TV that a big fire broke out in Tokyo and worries about the safety of her boyfriend. Realizing the importance of communication among humans, she remains alone even after the crew returns to Japan, and sings the song "Hymn to Love," which comes from her heart as she climbs into the mountainous region. Perhaps MEADA Atsuko, once an idol singer, could be cast to sing this song. The closing film of the 2019 Locarno Film Festival. (Jay JEON)
Born in Kobe, Japan, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi began making films while studying sociology at Rikkyo University. Beginning his career in Pink film, his filmography includes short films, TV series and music video. His credits include Retribution (2006), Tokyo Sonata (2008), Journey to the Shore (2015) and Creepy (2016).