Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (SIFF 2014)

What would you do for buried treasure? Quit your job? Leave your home? Travel to a foreign country and trek through a winter wasteland despite being told this buried treasure doesn’t exist?

Kumiko, an introverted young Japanese woman, develops an unexplainable obsession with the movie FARGO and believes that the money-filled briefcase buried in the snow at the end of that movie is just waiting in North Dakota for her to discover. She leaves behind her lonely existence in Tokyo to take her first real risk on this adventure.

A beautifully shot film that makes you feel every moment of awkward discomfort and hopeful optimism as Kumiko doggedly pursues her goal. Her journey is mesmerizing, and even though you know her objective is unreachable, you root for her nonetheless.

Provided Film Synopsis
In this darkly comedic odyssey, 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.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • David Zellner
    • Nathan Zellner
  • Cast Members:

    • Nobuyuki Katsube
    • Rinko Kikuchi
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
    • Japanese
  • Genres:

    • Drama