Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

I had no idea what to expect with this, except that it had received positive reviews and it sounded intriguing.

The film splits into two parts, the first set in Tokyo has the flavour of a genuine authentic Japanese film. It picks up a depressed, isolated young Japanese office worker who becomes convinced that she can find the treasure buried by Steve Buscemi in the Coen Brothers’ film Fargo. The second part transfers Kumiko to the snow of Minnesota as she goes on her adventure to find the treasure, based only on her hand-stitched map.

It’s both a charming and sad tale, which I was thinking about for several days after. It has elements of fantasy, but isn’t too quirky or whimsical, which I generally can’t abide.

Lovely and touching.

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