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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter


Rated NR · 105 minutes · 2015

With Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Austin-based writers David and Nathan Zellner have constructed an engaging, even surprising feature around just a few jokes. Their understated approach goes a long way toward keeping these jokes fresh—no matter how many times they're deployed, one rarely sees the punch line coming. An even more valuable asset is Rinko Kikuchi's nuanced lead performance; on paper the title character sounds like a cartoon, yet Kikuchi (Norwegian Wood) transforms her into an enigma—heroic, childlike, pathetic, and touching. Continue reading >>

See our full review: <i>Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter</i>: A Japanese comedy by two guys from Austin

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: A Japanese comedy by two guys from Austin

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Director: David Zellner
Producer: Nathan Zellner, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson, Andrew Banks, Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Rinko Kikuchi
Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Nathan Zellner, Kanako Higashi, Ayaka Ohnishi, Mayuko Kawakita, David Zellner and Yumiko Hioki

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