Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Rated NR 104 minutes 2015

Fractured fairy tale features the title character, a seriously delusional Tokyo office worker (played by Rinko Kikuchi), on a quixotic quest to find buried treasure in snowy Minnesota, guided by an old VHS tape of the Coen brothers’ Fargo and her own pathetic logic. Keyed by actress Kikuchi’s pitch-perfect portrayal, another pair of creative brothers – director David Zellner and writer Nathan Zellner – takes a potentially tragic scenario and weaves it into something resembling a brave fable of the unconquerable human spirit. Or an ironic narrative treatise on the power of wishful thinking, take your pick. David Zellner costars as a sympathetic but dumb deputy sheriff, with Shirley as a kindly North Country widow. The flavor is odd and completely irresistible (105 min.).

Film Credits

Director: David Zellner

Producer: Nathan Zellner, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson, Andrew Banks, Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Rinko Kikuchi

Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Nathan Zellner, Kanako Higashi, Ayaka Ohnishi, Mayuko Kawakita, David Zellner and Yumiko Hioki

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