Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
This week brings the release of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, a film that is, in a weird way, based on another film — it’s inspired by an urban legend that has surrounded Fargo for years. The connection between these two films is undeniably unique, but the idea of making movies about other movies isn’t.
Below, we present a list of films about films. By that, we don’t simply mean films that remake or reference other movies, or films about the filmmaking process, but movies that center around other movies that actually exist in our world. Read More »
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Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is an excellent, slightly strange film about a young Japanese woman who comes to the United States in search of treasure. Part of the film’s success can be attributed to the score, created by The Octopus Project out of Austin, TX. This is the band’s second collaboration with filmmakers Nathan and David Zellner, and the music is an essential part of creating the film’s mood. (The jury at Sundance agreed, awarding it the Special Jury Award for Musical Score at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.)
The film opens in March, and Robot High School will release the score as a digital album on March 10, 2015, with a limited-edition vinyl release set for later this year. Below, you can hear two tracks from the Kumiko score. Read More »
The line between fact and fiction is blurred in Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, which is based on the story of a young Japanese woman found dead in the US in 2001. Supposedly she had traveled to the States in search of treasure, using the film Fargo as a map. The film dives into the dreams of a character inspired by that story, following her surprising trip to the US. Guided by Fargo and a homemade map, Kumiko struggles to find the pot of gold at the end of her own personal rainbow. Her journey is coldly beautiful, comic, and surprising. See the new Kumiko trailer below. Read More »
Snopes killed the urban legend, but strange and unprovable stories can still live on in film. And there’s often a grain of truth at the bottom of the most unbelievable story. For Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, the truth is this. In 2001 a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, was found dead in the snow in North Dakota. Misinterpretations led to the idea that Takako failed to realize that the film Fargo was a piece of fiction, and that she was searching for the money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi’s character. That story went around for a while, until it was disproved in 2003. But David and Nathan Zellner have turned the strange tale into an elegant film about loneliness and the willpower and specific insanity required to chase wild dreams. Have a look at the Kumiko the Treasure Hunter trailer below.
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival starts today, and with the opening of theater doors, hundreds of brand new movies will be revealed to the world. Some we’ve already heard of and are excited for — The Raid 2 and Life Itself come to mind — but the majority of them are wholly unknown. They’re films most audiences don’t yet know anything about, with massive stars, from famous directors, or featuring exciting premises..
Below I’ve pulled the titles of 25 2014 Sundance Films you may not have heard of yet, but sound absolutely amazing for one reason for another. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite what that disclaimer led people to believe, the Coen Brothers‘ Fargo 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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