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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

HD   NR Closed Captioning

David Zellner

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About the Movie

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 128
  • Fresh: 112
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A haunting, fantasy adventure for the ages in one of this century's most breathtaking independent films. – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press, Apr 1, 2015

Fresh: In the title role, Kikuchi is impressive, easily handling Kumiko's comic and more somber sides and never allowing us to settle into a single or simple interpretation of the character. – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 2, 2015

Fresh: As portraits of mental illness go, "Kumiko" is slender but even-handed, neither romanticizing its heroine's mania nor tipping into melodrama or horror. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Mar 26, 2015

Fresh: The entrancing fifth feature of the Zellner brothers, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, is like found art in the beguiling, haunting manner it combines the seemingly ridiculous and desperate with an ineffable and quiet sadness. – Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec 15, 2015

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Customer Reviews

One of the Best Indie Films Ever!

Rinko Kikuchi gives a touching performance in an outstanding film. Cinematography, script, direction are all top notch. This is a film that stays with you long after the credits roll.


This film is a must see. Unique and beautiful. I can’t stop thinking about Kumiko! #TeamBunzo

Worst 4.99 I've spent in a while.

I've seen Fargo. I liked it. This is an incredibly long, slow, boring movie. Nothing darkly comedic about it. Nothing even slightly interesting or compelling about it. I'll admit the cinematography was good, but not worth sitting through almost and hour and 45 minutes of sheer drudgery to see it. I'd give it zero stars if I could.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2015

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