KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

2014 (MIFF 2014)

Director: David Zellner

"Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter both celebrates the escapist power of personal fantasies and bears witness to their dangerous extremes." – Indiewire

A beaten-up VHS copy of the Coen brothers' 1996 film Fargo provides the catalyst for offbeat adventure in this sweetly endearing character study from another brotherly team, David and Nathan Zellner.

Kumiko (Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi) leads a lonely existence in her cramped Tokyo apartment, beleaguered by an overbearing mother and a dead-end job. Convinced that the suitcase of money buried in Fargo actually exists, Kumiko steals a credit card and escapes to the wintry landscape of Minnesota in search of the the lost cash.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is an eccentric, witty and tender meditation on fact, fantasy and the enchanting power of cinema.


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