First Look: Rinko Kikuchi in 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' Indie Film
One of the many interesting films just announced as part of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up is one called Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, starring Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom, Pacific Rim, 47 Ronin) and pretty much her alone (the cast lists no one else). The film, directed by actor-writer-filmmaker David Zellner, is about a Japanese girl who becomes "convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real." That film is actually Fargo, as you might have guessed, and it's actually based on a real story from back in 2001 (read more on the girl here & here). We have some first look photos from Sundance to go along with the announcement (congrats!), so check them out below.
Here's the first photos for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, which kinda make this look like a Jarmusch film:
A lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune. The film is directed by David Zellner, with a screenplay by David Zellner & Nathan Zellner. It's set to premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January in the US Dramatic Competition category. We'll be catching the premiere there. For more updates on Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, you can visit the film's official website or find them on Facebook. We'll be keeping an eye on this at Sundance. Based on these photos and the story, and, well, Fargo itself, I've got a good feeling about this. See you in Park City.