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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (12A)


A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo(1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

The critical consensus

Rinko Kikuchi's superb core performance and some striking photography stand out in the latest feature from the Zellner Brothers.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 16/02/2015

This layered, expertly edited and visually stunning effort from the Zellners embraces the outsider spirit while creating something with universal resonance and ample appeal.

****(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 16/02/2015

The first half of the Zellner brothers’ film is evocative and intriguing, but when Kumiko reaches the US there's a tonal shift that it struggles to recover from.

**(*)(*)(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 16/02/2015

A major step up. A road movie which transcends its ultra-quirky log-line.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 19/02/2015

The metaphorical value of this tiresome shaggy-dog quest turns out to be precisely zero. Why not just rent a copy of Fargo instead?

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/02/2015

This is a quirky and deadpan comedy with an undertow of sadness that not even the occasional scene-stealing close-ups of Kumiko's pet rabbit eating noodles can alleviate.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 19/02/2015

This quietly magnificent piece should put the Zellners on the map: one day, the Coens will make movies inspired by them.

****(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 22/02/2015

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday March 3, 2015, until Thursday March 5, 2015. More info:

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