Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is based on a true story of a young Japanese woman who was found dead in the US in 2001. Apparently she had come to America to travel the States in search of a treasure. What makes the film so fascinating is the fact that she used the Coen Brothers film Fargo as a map.
The movie definitely blurs the line between fact and fiction, as it tells the dark and comedic story of this girl and her struggles to find the treasure she is seeking. This is a surprising story that looks incredibly intriguing. Here’s the synopsis:
In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter opens March 18th in NY, then hits LA on March 20th.