Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – 2014

IMDB: Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

I’ll start by saying that this wasn’t the movie I was expecting based off what I had heard, and what reviews I had seen. For some reason I was expecting an animated feature, and not this glorious work of art. I was happily disappointed.

When a woman finds a VHS tape buried wrapped in a cave on a beach, she watches it only to discover a record of the film Fargo.

Believing it to be a true story, she makes a crudely drawn map and despite her limited preparation, she leaves her bland and “hum-drum” life and sets off on a journey to the US to find the satchel of money that was lost in the film.

This is a beautiful story which to me at least highlight show we all become drowned in our own everyday reality, and often need that escape into our imagination to find our way back to a semblance of ourselves that we remember or want to remember.

As long as you don’t have a problem with subtitles this is a wonderfully told story, and a definite treasure to watch. The composition of the videography is marvellous taking into account a variety of purely perspective based imagery (such as through a long series of library shelves) that just immediately give way to your imagination of the locales.


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