First Trailer For KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER Is Haunting and Beautiful

     December 17, 2014


I have yet to see Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter but I’m counting the days until I get the opportunity.  The new film from writing/directing team David and Nathan Zellner (Kid Thing) is a riff on a popular urban legend about a girl who believes Fargo is a true story and goes searching for the money Steve Buscemi‘s character buried near the end of that movie.  Of course the legend isn’t true (the young woman who died in real life wasn’t searching for the money), but the Zellners used it as a springboard for a film that looks like a fantastic examination of loneliness and obsession.

Hit the jump to check out the Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter trailer.  The film stars Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, David Zellner, & Nathan Zellner.  The score by The Octopus Project won a special jury award at Sundance.  It hits select theaters on March 13th, 2015.

Trailer courtesy of Yahoo:

Here’s the official synopsis for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter:

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.


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