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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kumiko
Nobuyuki Katsube ...
Sakagami
Kanako Higashi ...
Michi
Ichi Kyokaku ...
Library Security Guard
Ayaka Ohnishi ...
Chieko (Young Office Girl)
Mayuko Kawakita ...
Ms. Kanazaki
Asami Tano ...
Office Lady
Ako Yoshida ...
Office Lady
Anna Wakamori ...
Office Lady
Risa Hotta ...
Office Lady
Hitomi Sawano ...
Office Lady
Maki Issô ...
Office Lady
Ariei Umefune ...
Office Lady
Takao Kinoshita ...
Dry Cleaning Clerk
Tetsuya Hayakawa ...
Dancing Couple
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Storyline

A jaded Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, Fargo, 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 tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune. Written by Anonymous

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,114 (USA) (20 March 2015)

Gross:

$621,127 (USA) (29 May 2015)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Kumiko calls her Mother in the middle of the night and tells her she couldn't sleep, it should have triggered some reaction from the mother. Because of the time difference between Minnesota and Tokyo (14 hours), it is never nighttime in Tokyo when it is in Minnesota. See more »

Quotes

Older Woman: Solitude? It's just fancy loneliness.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are almost entirely bilingual in English and Japanese -- even though the movie has never been released in Japan as of early 2016 (either in theaters, media, or internet streaming). See more »

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Version of This Is a True Story (2003) See more »

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Written by Johnny Mercer (ASCAP)
Performed by Pete Drake
Published by WB Music Corp. o/b/o The Johnny Mercer Foundation (ASCAP)
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Beautiful and haunting
9 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a fascinating film to behold, truly. I had no idea it was based on any urban legend. One could swear, based on much of the film's tone and atmosphere, that it was a horror film in disguise. In its own way, it is a horror film, but it's not bound by any genre and instead it manages to be both supremely disturbing, it gets under your skin, but also really beautiful and engrossing on an emotional level. People seeking it out because "treasure hunter" sounds like it would make for something really fun should probably look away. The film will no doubt polarize many, with its most ardent fans defending it until their last breath while others will criticize it for being pointless or boring, or both. Regardless, it's a majestic film and unlike anything I've probably ever seen, and there couldn't have been anyone better cast than Kikuchi.


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