“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)

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. “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”.

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