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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter Review

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

What you see is what you get with “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.”

At the start of “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” we see the quiet, shy, socially awkward titular character treasure hunting. On her outing, she discovers a VHS tape which turns out to be a taped copy of “Fargo.” Upon watching the tape repeatedly, Kumiko becomes obsessed with the classic film and believes she knows where the money is hidden in the snowy North Dakota town. Feeling it is her destiny to find the stash of cash from the fictional film, Kumiko decides to leave her office job, overbearing mother, and pet rabbit Bunzo behind to embark on this journey.

Despite having clever nods to “Fargo” and a rather fascinating central story that is based on true events, this character study doesn’t offer up much in the way of content. It’s a pretty straight forward story from beginning to end. Sure, viewers can question whether Kumiko was mentally ill, depressed, or delusional (or all of the above), but aside from the enigmatic nature of the character, it’s not a very cinematic story for a feature film. Truth be told, it would have worked better as a short.

On the plus side, actress Rinko Kikuchi shows a lot of range here as Kumiko. As she transforms into this tragic character, it’s hard to believe that this is the same actress who appeared in the sci-fi action spectacle “Pacific Rim.” Hopefully, she will start getting more roles in the near future.

Overall Thoughts: Even though Rinko Kikuchi gives an incredible performance, “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” is a rather meandering tale that lacks depth. By the time the credits roll, you’re left wanting more and not in a good way.

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April 1, 2015 - Posted by | Movie Review | , ,

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