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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kumiko
Nobuyuki Katsube ... Sakagami
Kanako Higashi ... Michi
Ichi Kyokaku ... Library Security Guard
... 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


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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Release Date:

20 February 2015 (UK)  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When she is visiting Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, that is in Bemidji, MN which is located in Beltrami County. The Sheriffs car that pulls up says Tyrrell County on the side which doesn't exist in Minnesota. See more »


Kumiko: I only need page 95. It is my destiny.
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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 »


References Fargo (1996) See more »


Darktown Strutter's Ball
Written by Shelton Brooks
Performed by Clarence Prather
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Beautiful and haunting
9 June 2015 | by 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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