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Sunday, 20 March 2016

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER [2014]

Writer/director David Zellner brings us the fictional "true story" of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter to the screen with a comically tragic flare.
A young unbalanced woman from Tokyo travels to North Dakota in hopes of finding the suitcase full of money Steve Buscemi buried in the film Fargo.
It's a beautiful and bizarre film that is funny as it is sad, while managing to be as easily accessible as it is unique.  Rinko Kikuchi does a splendid job at portraying Kumiko with a fragile determination that roars most when she's silently gesturing.   It's bleak yet alluring photography, bizarre score and gaggle of oddball supporting characters make it a wonderfully mystifying journey into a familiar yet foreign world.

4½ bunnies in transit out of 5

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