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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()


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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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Kumiko
Nobuyuki Katsube ...
Sakagami
Kanako Higashi ...
Michi
Ichi Kyokaku ...
Library Security Guard
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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
Mihoka Tomoda ...
Dancing Couple
Yumiko Hioki ...
Kumiko's Mother (as Rinko's Mother)
Yusei Fujii ...
Mayo (Michi's Child)
Natsuki Kanno ...
Department Store Clerk
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Robert
Brad Prather ...
Brad
Earl Milton ...
Bus Driver
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Old Woman
Madde Gibba ...
Gift Shop Clerk
Ravi Jasthi ...
Motel Clerk
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Deputy
Lucy Luu ...
Chinese Restaurant Owner
Phil Hall ...
Cab Driver
Bunzo ...
Bunzo the Rabbit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy Baranczyk ...
Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Stephanie Bright ...
Airport Passenger (uncredited)
C.J. DeVaan ...
Airport Patron with Kid (uncredited)
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Airline Passenger (uncredited)
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Airport Patron (uncredited)
Christian Finch ...
Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Ryan J. Gilmer ...
Bus Passenger Wearing Hat (uncredited)
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Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Kai Mariah ...
Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Josh Thaney ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Diane Visser ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Karen Voels ...
Airport Passenger (uncredited)
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Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Zellner

Written by

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David Zellner ... (writer) and
Nathan Zellner ... (writer)

Produced by

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Deidre Backs ... associate producer
Andrew Banks ... producer
Jim Burke ... producer
Rinko Kikuchi ... executive producer
Cameron Lamb ... producer
Raymond Mansfield ... executive producer
Chris Ohlson ... producer
Alexander Payne ... executive producer
Georgina Pope ... line producer: Japan
Shaun Redick ... executive producer
Christopher Shand ... associate producer
Jim Taylor ... executive producer
Nathan Zellner ... producer

Music by

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The Octopus Project

Cinematography by

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Sean Porter

Film Editing by

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Melba Jodorowsky

Editorial Department

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Alex Bickel ... digital intermediate colorist
Jenna Gabriel ... digital intermediate producer
Michael Howell ... color assist (as Mike Howell)

Production Design by

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Chad Keith
Kikuo Ohta

Art Direction by

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Michelle Gilstead

Set Decoration by

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Britni West

Costume Design by

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Tony Crosbie ... (as Tony Crosby)
Kiersten Ronning

Makeup Department

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Mary Flaa ... key makeup artist: U.S.
Carrie Messina ... key hair stylist: U.S.

Production Management

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Todd Cobery ... production manager: U.S.
Andrew Hauser ... post-production supervisor
Masa Kokubo ... production manager: Japan

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Matt Center ... second assistant director: U.S.
Tomas Deckaj ... first assistant director: U.S. (as Tomas 'Dutch' Deckaj)
Amber Goerish ... second second assistant director: U.S.
Takashi Sekiya ... second assistant director: Japan
Yuichi Tazawa ... first assistant director: Japan

Art Department

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Matt Joyer ... set dresser
Chris Thickins ... property master

Sound Department

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Mark Filip ... foley editor
Ryotaro Harada ... production sound mixer: Japan
René Jones-Jones ... sound designer
Cory Melious ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Jim Morgan ... sound recordist: U.S.
Gloria Pitagorsky ... sound producer
Matt Snedecor ... foley artist
David 'Lion' Thompson ... boom operator: U.S.
Kyle Arzt ... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Rush Block ... snow assistant / snow effects assistant
Roland Hathaway ... lead snow effects technician
Jason P. Schumacher ... snow effects assistant (as Jason Schumacher) / special effects technician
Dan Yeager ... snow effects technician (as Daniel Yeager)

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Nick Smith ... visual effects artist
Catscan Smothers ... visual effects artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nathan Armstrong ... first assistant camera (day player)
Justin Cameron ... first assistant camera: U.S.
Kris Drake ... still photographer
Jesse Evans ... steadicam operator
Jeff Fischer ... best boy electric
Chris Hadland ... second assistant camera: U.S.
Bruce Henderson ... key grip
Nick Hillyard ... electrician: day player
Gen Ito ... second assistant camera: Japan
Taro Kimura ... steadicam operator
Ivan Kovac ... dit
Yasushi Miyata ... first assistant camera: Japan
Matt Muegge ... grip/electric swing
Jon Steinhorst ... digital imaging technician
Erik Thomsen ... grip
Jeff Villars ... additional grip
Michael Winn ... gaffer
Dean Woytcke ... best boy grip

Casting Department

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Kati Batchelder ... extras casting
Lynn Blumenthal ... casting director: U.S.
Sadami Hwang ... casting director: Japan
Christian Popham ... extras casting assistant

Location Management

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Mitsutoshi Hamazaki ... location manager
Anne Healy ... location manager
Kai Miller ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Dominique Preyer ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Michael Arnold ... transportation coordinator (as Mike Arnold)

Other crew

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Abby Bailey ... production accountant: U.S.
Joah Colby ... production assistant
Conner Evert ... production assistant
Kurt W. Gensmer ... key set medic
Ryan S. Johnson ... production assistant
Stuart Jonker ... title designer
Adam Kersh ... publicist
Chris Perez ... clearance counsel (as Christopher L. Perez)
Debi Pool ... animal wrangler
Cristi Rumpza ... production assistant
Julia Schaffer ... production coordinator: U.S.
Kazuko Shingyoku ... script supervisor
Ryan Smith ... motorhome
Anita Surendran ... production counsel
Karen Voels ... stand-in
Joel Winstead ... key set production assistant

Thanks

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Andrew Bujalski ... thanks
Jay Duplass ... thanks
Mark Duplass ... thanks
David Gordon Green ... thanks
William Hall ... very special thanks
Addison Mehr ... thanks
Jeff Nichols ... thanks
David Wingo ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • În cautarea comorii (Romania)
  • Кумико - охотница за сокровищами (Russia)
  • Kumiko, a Caçadora de Tesouros (Brazil)
  • Kumiko (Poland)
  • Kumiko, a kincsvadász (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $34,114, 22 Mar 2015

Did You Know?

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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 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 »
Movie Connections References Fargo (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Mechanic Nonsense See more »
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 »
Quotes Older Woman: Solitude? It's just fancy loneliness.
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