Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (header)

Despite what that disclaimer led people to believe, the Coen BrothersFargo was not actually based on a real incident. But in a twist out of a Hollywood movie, the untrue¬†Fargo wound up playing a part in a strange true tale after all, and now there’s a movie about the latter.

Directed by David Zellner and based on a 2001 event, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter centers on a lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) who becomes convinced that a stash of money buried in a fictional film is real, and heads to Minnesota to seek the buried fortune.

Which sounds like a great basis for a whimsical indie — but in reality, the woman’s quixotic quest turned out to be something else, something sadder and darker, entirely. Hit the jump to take a first look at the pictures and find out what actually happened to the “treasure hunter.”

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