7 Facts To Know From “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”

"In 2001, a story circulated online about a Japanese woman who left her Tokyo home for the frozen countryside of Minnesota, in search of the fictional buried money from the movie Fargo. It immediately captured our attention, the mysterious and vague details intriguing us all the more." - Filmmaker's Statement
“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” (CR: Sean Porter)
If you love movies that are filled with eye-catching visuals, a sublime music score, and an inspired lead performance, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter checks off all these boxes. Directed by David Zellner and starring Pacific Rim actress Rinko Kikuchithe movie makes its Blu-ray debut today.

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For a Blu-ray review of Kumiko, The Treasure Hunterplease check out my post on Hollywood Outbreak. Here are 7 things I learned about Kumiko, The Treasure Huntera film that I enjoyed on a much deeper level during a second viewing.

  • Rinko Kikuchi received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for "Babel." Stateside she's also known for her work in the action-adventure "Pacific Rim."
    Rinko Kikuchi received a Golden Globe and Oscar nod for "Babel." Stateside she's also known for her work in the action-adventure "Pacific Rim." (CR: Sean Porter)
  • David Zellner, who directs the film, also plays the well-intentioned policeman who attempts to help Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi). (Amplify Releasing)
    Director David Zellner also plays the well-intentioned policeman who attempts to help Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi). (CR: Sean Porter)
  • The film's ambitious production schedule had director David Zellner working with two different crews - one in Japan and the other in Minnesota.
    The ambitious production schedule had director David Zellner working with two different crews - one in Japan and the other in Minnesota. (CR: Sean Porter)
  • The Zellner Bros. decision to have Bunzo the rabbit play an important part in Kumiko's life is partly inspired by their love for the book "Watership Down." Plus, neither fashioned Kumiko as a dog or a cat person.
    The decision to have Bunzo the rabbit play an important part in Kumiko's life is nspired by their love for the book "Watership Down." . (CR: Sean Porter)
  • "In 2001, a story circulated online about a Japanese woman who left her Tokyo home for the frozen countryside of Minnesota, in search of the fictional buried money from the movie Fargo. It immediately captured our attention, the mysterious and vague details intriguing us all the more." - Filmmaker's Statement
    Director David Zellner isn't a huge fan of coverage and instead brings a precise (if, not risky) approach to his visual compositions. (CR: Sean Porter)
  • The movie was shot in chronological order, starting fall 2012 in Tokyo and ending winter 2013 in Minnesota. (CR: Sean Porter)
    The movie was shot in chronological order, starting fall 2012 in Tokyo and ending winter 2013 in Minnesota. (CR: Sean Porter)
  • The story, inspired by an urban legend of a Japanese woman who traveled to Minnesota on an ill-fated quest, has been swirling around the minds of David Zellner and Nathan Zellner (he produces and co-stars) since 2001. (CR: Sean Porter)
    The story, inspired by an urban legend of a Japanese woman who traveled to Minnesota on an ill-fated quest, has been swirling around the minds of David Zellner and Nathan Zellner (he produces and co-stars) since 2001. (CR: Sean Porter)

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter is also blessed with a mesmerizing and haunting score created by The Octopus Project. In the Blu-ray audio commentary, David Zellner talks about his collaboration with the group:

“They have a similar sensibility, they’re big cinephiles, and we have the same taste in music and film, and then being friends for so long we have a shorthand with what we were going for tonally. It’s a lot of fun collaborating with them. It’s not like some processes where you finish a film and then hand it over and someone puts a score on it. We like it where we are constructing the film the same time they are doing the compositions. Sometimes things go into a place where we intended and sometimes you find a new and interesting places as you go along. But yeah – they are fantastic.”

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