Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

David Zellner (2014)

12A Certificate


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An unlikely mix of true-life tragedy and urban myth inspired this sweet, melancholy comedy, in which the title character, a bored and lonely Japanese office girl (Rinko Kikuchi), becomes obsessed with her VHS copy of the 1996 Coen brothers film Fargo, in particular its final scene. Believing a suitcase full of cash is hidden in the snowy wastes of North Dakota, Kumiko releases her rabbit Bunzo out into the wilds of a city park and sets off for the USA. Though it never descends into slapstick, there are shades of the silent-era greats in Kikuchi's wonderful and largely wordless performance, which echoes the hangdog Buster Keaton more than the pratfalling Chaplin. Her sad but compelling presence brings much-needed pathos to the film's final stretch, a surreal, quirky road trip in which Kumiko seems to be at cross-purposes with everyone she meets - a poignant replaying of the situation she is trying to leave behind at home.


A troubled Japanese woman becomes convinced that the events depicted in the Coen brothers' film Fargo are true. As a result, she journeys to America in search of the money buried in a briefcase by one of the movie's central characters. Drama inspired by a true story, starring Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube and Shirley Venard.

Cast & Crew

Kumiko Rinko Kikuchi
Sakagami Nobuyuki Katsube
Michi Kanako Higashi
Chieko Ayaka Ohnishi
Ms Kanazaki Mayuko Kawakita
Robert Nathan Zellner
Brad Brad Prather
Deputy Caldwell David Zellner
Director David Zellner
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Other Information

Language: English / JapaneseColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Feb 2015