Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

March 20th, 2015


Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

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A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.2/10 (848 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Director: David Zellner

Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard

A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune.

Writers: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

Rinko Kikuchi - Kumiko
Nobuyuki Katsube - Sakagami
Shirley Venard - Older Woman
David Zellner - Policeman
Nathan Zellner - Robert
Kanako Higashi - Michi
Ichi Kyokaku - Library Security Guard
Ayaka Ohnishi - Chieko
Mayuko Kawakita - Ms. Kanazaki
Takao Kinoshita - Dry Cleaning Clerk
Yumiko Hioki - Kumiko's Mother
Natsuki Kanno - Department Store Clerk
Brad Prather - Brad
Earl Milton - Bus Driver
Madde Gibba - Gift Shop Clerk


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site

Country: USA

Language: English, Japanese

Release Date: 18 March 2015

Filming Locations: Minnesota, USA

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Did You Know?

In a Q&A at the London Sundance Film Festival 2014, the director (and his brother who was not present) claimed that the ambiguous introduction was heavily influenced by the beginnings of the James Bond films that they so loved as children. See more »

User Review


Rating: 9/10

Kumiko, a Japanese employee, has only one hobby : treasures. She doesn't have any friends, and is really bored by her job. After seeing a VHS of "Fargo", she decides to travel to North Dakota to find the money hidden by Carl Showalter in the movie.

This movie is an excellent piece of work. Rinko Kikuchi appears under a new face with this introvert and amazing character, inspired by a true story.

David Zellner really did a good job of balancing comedy and drama : never exaggeratively funny, nor never desperately sad, the directing is very subtle and finds its own way to create an atmosphere around the point of view of an unusual character that sees the work differently than most of people do.

Which is, sometimes, really refreshing.


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