A lonely Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness in David and Nathan Zellner's latest film "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival on January 20.
The film was inspired by an urban legend about a Japanese woman who took a similar journey after watching the Coen brother's film "Fargo" and freezing to death in the North Dakota woods while looking for the $1 million she saw buried in the film.
"Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" stars Rinko Kikuchi ("Pacific Rim") as Kumiko, who lives in a cluttered, cramped apartment in Tokyo with her pet rabbit, Bunzo.
Kumiko works as an office lady, robotically preparing tea and fetching dry cleaning for her nit-picky boss. But on her own time, she obsessively watches a well-known American film on a weathered VHS tape.
Rewinding and fast-forwarding repeatedly, she meticulously maps out where a briefcase of castaway loot is buried within the fictional film.
After hours of intense research—convinced that her destiny depends on finding the money—Kumiko heads to the United States and into the harsh Minnesota winter to search for it.
"Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" will premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20.
A 2003 documentary short film entitled "This Is a True Story," directed by Paul Berczeller, captures the real story of Japanese office worker Takako Konishi that led to the urban legend.
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SOURCE: Sundance Film Festival