Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Kumiko, a frustrated office lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life, 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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, ©2015.
Edition: Blu-ray edition.
Characteristics: 1 blu-ray disc (104 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
digital, optical, 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, rda
widescreen (2.35.1)
Blu-ray
video file, Blu-Ray, region A, rda

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yumsushi
Dec 29, 2018

I wanted to like this movie and empathize with the main character but I found the character and story frustrating more than anything else.

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milirick
Nov 13, 2018

One of those movies I watched by accident on a rainy weekend. I can't say it was good, but it did keep me interested enough to watch it all the way to the end. Can't say that was worth the time, but it was memorable and jarring for all its futility and the complete abject narrative nihilism. One of the most fractured fairy tales you can watch.

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duanetucker
Oct 22, 2018

Despite it's lofty meta-cinematic aspirations, this film is truly pathetic -- in every way

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jimg2000
Nov 24, 2017

A dramatized young Japanese woman who worked as an “Office Lady” in Tokyo came to wander in a most unlikely desolate place as Fargo Minnesota five years after the 1996 film “Fargo.” While stylish, found it very slow going for my taste. For the Occam’s razor version of this tragic incident and film, there is a short 2003 documentary film “This Is A True Story“ about the events that took place in 2001:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3021870/Cop-s-blunder-sparked-myth-Japanese-woman-Takako-Konishi-died-Minnesota-trying-suitcase-1m-inside-watching-Fargo.html

eeek867 Dec 16, 2015

This is a very beautiful film but the story moves very slowly. It was not my type of film. We stopped it early.

Radharc Sep 20, 2015

Easily one of the most beautifully-filmed indie-flicks I have seen in a long while. The title character, Kumiko, fancies herself a treasure hunter after finding a old VHS copy of "Fargo" in a cave. She abandons her rather miserable life in Japan to head to Fargo in order to find the "treasure" that was buried in the snow. Interestingly, the story is based around the urban legend surrounding the 2001 death of Takako Konishi who was reported in the media to have died of hypothermia outside Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in search of the fictional ransom money seen buried in the snow from the 1996 film Fargo. The score by 'indietronica' band THE OCTOPUS PROJECT adds a subtle almost sinister quality to the film. Recommended for lovers of quirky indie films.

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jimg2000
Nov 24, 2017

I was lost once. I was going down the wrong road. A depraved individual, much different than the man you see in front of you today. But somewhere through that haze of debauchery, I saw the light. Now there's some other groups here that will offer you guidance. I know that there's some Methodists, and you don't see them too often, but the guys with the ponytail... Oh... "Harry Kishner." … Hare Krishnas. Believe it is. All good-intentioned, but...
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Back there, that was Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. It's an American folktale or something like that. Babe used to be anatomically correct, but apparently some drunk guy went and shot the statue's privates off with a 12 gauge.
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I'm Chinese. I don't know any Japanese. Not a...
-Not at all? Don't you know just at least a couple sentences?
Only Mandarin. That is it. Very different.

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