In this co-production between Japan and Uzbekistan on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Yoko a travelling reporter for a Japanese TV variety program who visits the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. She becomes self-aware and worldly through her journey and interactions with the locals. She records her experiences.
User Reviews: Yes, there’s no denying it, the Japanese are the modern masters of schmaltz, and this film is a perfect example. Yoko is a ‘reporter’ for a low-rent Japanese travel show whose talent consists of reeling off inane comments to camera in a squeaky, excitable voice, often after having been subjected to low-grade torture by her uninspired director. The film’s ostensible narrative thrust concerns Yoko’s artistic awakening as she finally manages to connect with her true emotions. Yes, it’s that bad, and the final payoff is supremely unconvincing.
The film’s one redeeming quality comes from a couple of subtexts concerning Japanese xenophobia and the gross inanity of the pop-culture ethos. Yoko blithely wanders into a restricted area and is so scared of the locals that she runs from the police when they approach her to check what she had been filming. The director is obsessed with filming a rare fish, but merrily waltzes right past the glories of Samarkand’s Registan Square. But these aren’t enough to redeem the film as a whole.