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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 & 8 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:

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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 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 »

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

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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Viewing the world through a whole different perspective
5 March 2014 | by NeossirSee all my reviews

Kumiko, a Japanese employee, has only one hobby : treasures. She doesn't have any friends, and is really bored by her job. After seeing a VHS of "Fargo", she decides to travel to North Dakota to find the money hidden by Carl Showalter in the movie.

This movie is an excellent piece of work. Rinko Kikuchi appears under a new face with this introvert and amazing character, inspired by a true story.

David Zellner really did a good job of balancing comedy and drama : never exaggeratively funny, nor never desperately sad, the directing is very subtle and finds its own way to create an atmosphere around the point of view of an unusual character that sees the work differently than most of people do.

Which is, sometimes, really refreshing.


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