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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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David Zellner
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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

Gross USA:

$623,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$739,623
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kumiko is assisted by a well-meaning state trooper who brings her to a Chinese restaurant, hoping they could help translate. In real life, Takako Konishi was helped by a state trooper who really did contact Chinese restaurants in a vain attempt to help. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the police officer and Kumiko watch her Japanese copy of "Fargo." Region 2 DVDs do not work in Region 1 DVD players. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Fargo (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Read You A Story
Written by Colleen (as Cécile Schott) (SACEM)
Performed by Colleen
Used courtesy of The Leaf Label
By Arrangement with Woodwork Music, Ltd.
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Likening herself to a conquistador
9 April 2014 | by basil1984See all my reviews

At age 29, Kumiko is an isolated depressive working in an office position that's usually reserved for younger Japanese girls that are filling their time before finding a husband and moving on. With no ambitions to follow suit, after finding a water-damaged VHS copy of the Cohen Brother's 1996 film, 'Fargo', she becomes obsessed with finding the money-filled suitcase buried by Steve Buscemi's character and stitches together her own treasure map of the North Dakota tundra. Likening herself to a conquistador, she sets off on a journey to the 'New World' on a hunt for buried treasure via less-than legal means. The film is slowly paced but the humor never misses the mark and its unique tone and style is absolutely beautiful. The story hinges on Rinko Kikuchi's ('Pacific Rim' / 'The Brothers Bloom') performance which keeps even the lulls in the narrative interesting.


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