Here’s the trailer for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, directed by David Zellner and starring Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi.
The movie, based on an urban legend about a Japanese woman who was found dead in Minnesota in 2001, premiered at Sundance to positive reviews. Film critic David Ehrlich wrote: “[Rinko] Kikuchi is so present as an actor, so in control of her role, that she allows the film to careen from laugh-out-loud physical comedy to deeply unsettling psychological drama without ever betraying the reality of its deranged heroine… This a truly unforgettable performance.”
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.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is getting a limited release on March 13, 2015.