“Kumiko The Treasure Hunter” opening at the Loft Theater


STARTS FRIDAY, APRIL 3 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

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 The Coen Brothers’ 1996 thriller Fargo, which 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. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Brothers (Goliath, Kid-Thing) spin a strangely touching underdog fable (loosely inspired by true events), populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible. (Dir. by Nathan Zellner, 2014, USA, in English and Japanese with subtitles, 105 mins., Not Rated)

2 responses to ““Kumiko The Treasure Hunter” opening at the Loft Theater

  1. Carolyn Classen

    “Kumiko” staying for another week at the Loft, opened on April 3rd. It’s an odd movie about depression, dreams, strangers in a strange land.

  2. Depressed OL (Office Lady) Kumiko (age 29) is spiraling downhill in Megacity Tokyo with her job & personal life. She become obsessed with treasure hunting in the frozen fields of Fargo, North Dakota to escape her life in Japan, with no boyfriend & a clinging mother. Embarking on her journey to Minnesota, she as a foreigner meets well-meaning Americans as she pursues her goal to find the buried treasure in the snow drifts of a rural landscape, so different from alienating, urban Tokyo. Playing at least another week at the Loft Theater. Both “Fargo” film which inspires Kumiko and this story of a Japanese woman seeking treasure in MN are allegedly “based on a true story”.