At first glance, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter appears to be the usual epic film shot in a wintry Japanese landscape, featuring a gorgeous heroine Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) dressed in beautiful Björk-like costuming, detailing the history of geishas, samurai culture or some impossible love story. Nope! All filmic stereotypes crushed.
At a closer look, Kumiko, written and directed by Austin-based Zellner Brothers, shocks the senses revealing its narrative—a depressed office worker from Tokyo believes that she knows where to find the treasure from the legendary Coen Brothers film Fargo. What? Based loosely off of an urban legend, the Zellner Brothers weave a creative craft film about adventure and personal conquest deep in the wilderness of Minnesota. Breaking the rules with reality and fiction, painting a visually pleasing scene and challenging our senses of typical, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter is sure to deliver a freshness to the screen.
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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Director: David and Nathan Zellner
Cast: Rinko Kikuchi
MPAA Rating: Drama
Run Time: 105 mins
Release Year: 2015
Country Of Origin: USA