Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
With filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner in person
Dir. David Zellner. 2014, 105 mins. DCP. With Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard. In their acclaimed new film inspired by the urban legend of Takako Konishi, a young Japanese woman found dead in Minnesota in 2001, Kumiko finds a VHS of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, which she believes to be a map leading to a buried treasure. “For the better part of two hours, the Zellners here strike and maintain a tone pitched halfway between whimsy and madness, as Kumiko doggedly pursues her idée fixe, trying, in effect, to enter the world of the moving image…And who among us cannot relate to that?” (Scott Foundas, Variety).