Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter – Film Review

A haunting film based on the real-life mystery of a Japanese woman found dead in Minnesota

This haunting film from writer-director-actor David Zellner and his brother Nathan is based on the real-life mystery of Japanese woman Takako Konishi. In 2001, Konishi was found dead in Minnesota, and it was reported that she’d been inspired to go there by the storyline of 1996 film Fargo. The Zellners’ story follows Kumiko, an emotionally isolated Tokyo office worker (Rinko Kikuchi), who thinks she’s located the money buried by Steve Buscemi’s character in the Coen brothers’ movie. Lacing tragedy with belly laughs and inspirational uplift, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter encourages debate about what constitutes truth, and asks whether facts are really more powerful than myths.