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Thursday, February 12, 2015

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER


By D.E.Levine

Kumiko (Rinco Kikuchi) has a dead-end job working for a terrible boss in Tokyo,  A young woman in her 20s she feels isolated and despondent about her life and her job.  Her mother nags her and there are few bright spots in her life except for an old VHS tape of the Coen Brother's film Fargo, which she watches repeatedly.

The more she watches the tape, the more Kumicho becomes convinced that the story on the tape is real and that there is a vast fortune buried in a suitcase in the snow in North Dakota.  Creating a hand sewn map, tearing a page from the library atlas, and pocketing her boss's credit card, Kumiko travels to America in search of the treasure.

Kumiko gets as far as Minneapolis by plane and then continues her journey on the ground.  Along the way she meets a variety of Midwesterners who befriend her and offer help in one form or another, although they are frequently way off base.

David and Nathan Zellner have made a unique fantasy film with stunning cinematograpy in Tokyo and the midwest.  These veteran indie filmmakers also appear in the film which mixes humor with melancholy and comes across as a story that might have happened (it didn't).

Definitely not among the norm, Kumiko The Treasure Hunter is pure entertainment and should not be missed.