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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

 |  Drama  |  20 February 2015 (UK)
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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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Kanako Higashi ...
Michi
Ichi Kyokaku ...
Library Security Guard
Ayaka Ohnishi ...
Chieko
Mayuko Kawakita ...
Ms. Kanazaki
Takao Kinoshita ...
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Yumiko Hioki ...
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Natsuki Kanno ...
Department Store Clerk
Brad Prather ...
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Earl Milton ...
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Madde Gibba ...
Gift Shop Clerk
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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 tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune. Written by Anonymous

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

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Although the film features footage from "Fargo," there is no acknowledgment in the end credits that the clips were licensed from MGM, its current owner, or anyone else. See more »

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Although the Minnesota scenes take place in winter, at no time in any of the exterior scenes are the actors' breaths visible, making it clear that it was shot in warmer weather and the snow was added in post-production. See more »

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Kumiko: I only need page 95. It is my destiny.
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Fortune, and the pursuit of ...
25 March 2015 | by (Princeton) – See all my reviews

Viewers are asked to identify with the Coen Brothers' fictional "Fargo" and the reality of the Zeller Brothers' "Kumiko" (Rinko Kikuchi of Babel). Our leading lady on a treasure hunt for something we all crave – what we want.

Kumiko is insulated from the rest of the world through solitude, Her character cannot subscribe to Japanese societal norms and the journey is like many: weathering professional and personal criticism for not measuring up to the public barometer. She is hungry for the smallest dollop of approval. Frosty comrade pressures and a personal friend with child make the tiny Single made to believe she does not measure up. Even Mother is disappointed that she is still not married, a Japanese custom that girls are to wed by 25 or live at home.

Yet, our actress ventures out alone to find little gems wherever she goes, small hidden treasures that strengthen thoughts of another journey. She identifies best with her bunny Bunzo (Rabbit - symbol of rebirth and innocence). Emotionally drained, Kumiko cannot stay in a world that punishes her for not attaining expected behaviours. Mistaking make believe for real life, our disillusioned lead leaves native Japan penniless and fixated, but armed. She encounters Americans who unknowingly assist in her adventure. Blanketed in determination, our heroine explores self-abandonment, only to be rescued from the cold with local hospitality.

All this happens against a constant, white background of the silver screen, the Japanese symbol of death. This film leads viewers to decipher what is "not" real and what is. This film is a myth of fortune and the pursuit ... of what we each want. After watching, we may all realise we have been living a dream, maybe other's dreams … and not our own. Her future may be someone else's chaos.


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