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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

David Zellner
10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kumiko See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,114, 22 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$621,127, 31 May 2015
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Yamasuki
Written by Daniel Vangarde (as Daniel Bangalter) (SACEM), Jean Joseph Kluger (SACEM)
Performed by Yamasuki Singers
Published by September Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Bleu Blanc Rouge Editions (SACEM)
Courtesy of Jean Kluger
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A movie that peters out in dullness
21 June 2015 | by hond-92064See all my reviews

A movie that starts well, but in the end is a big disappointment. The basic building blocks are good: a troubled and unbalanced Japanese woman is convinced she has spotted something worth investigating and following, presumably because it will get her out of the dreary life she is shackled to. The story then takes one or two slight turns and runs out in an ending that has not only been done hundreds of times in the past, but has been done mostly much better that this one. The result is that one is left convinced that the makers of the tale did not actually know how to end it and went for the first (and cheapest) escape that will hopefully leave some people with a vague suspicion that the ending may be "deep". It is not. It is merely flat and disappointing. This movie had a phase (when Kumiko meets a sympathetic policemen in a snow covered landscape) when it could have gone somewhere, but it did not. It took the much traveled path towards its vague and boring end. It is mostly wasted time to watch this movie.


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