Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014), directed by David Zellner ★★★★★

One of the shorts in the 2009 film Tokyo!, has to do with a young recluse, or hikikomori – a type of social withdrawl. You get a sense of this with Kumiko, except she does this in her mind, and she still has no fear of the outside world and ventures out with abandon. The cinematography here is totally unexpected. A few scenes stand out – [spoiler] one of the opening shots of the ocean and a wave cloud passes in front of the sun from the right, and the last long take shot during the credits when she’s walking away and disappears into a speck, then nothing but white… [/ spoiler]

Documentary on a Japanese Girl:


This Is a True Story[/url] (2003)

IMDB: In December 2001 the world’s media focused on the small town of Fargo, North Dakota, where the body of Takako Konishi was found in the woods by a hunter. The media reported that she had left Japan with the misunderstanding that the Coen brother’s “Fargo” really was a true story and that there was a stash of money hidden somewhere in the snow on a road by a tree. This documentary traces the background to the story and finds that the media, quick to jump on a “funny” story of foolishness, had gotten the story totally wrong.


^ Behind the scenes with Bunzo

About Bunzo the bunny


2 thoughts on “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014), directed by David Zellner ★★★★★

  1. aaronwest

    I just saw this today. Quite a gorgeous film, yet quirky and an enjoyable. I knew a little bit about the true story (which was of course not the same as the film), but I thought they handled the ending excellently.



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