A young woman goes on a bizarre quest to claim a fictional fortune in the first trailer for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. Rinko Kikuchi stars as a lonely Japanese woman, who becomes convinced that a satchel of money she sees buried in a movie is, in fact, real. Abandoning her structured life in Tokyo for the frozen Minnesota wilderness, she embarks on an impulsive quest to search for this lost mythical fortune.
The "fictional film" in question is Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's 1996 classic Fargo, which, despite that film's claim in the opening credits, is not based on a true story. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is, however, loosely based on the real story of a Japanese woman named Takako Konishi, who traveled from her home in Tokyo to Minnesota during the winter of 2001. The 28-year-old woman didn't speak a word of English, and she was found frozen to death under mysterious circumstances, in the woods of North Dakota. While it was never confirmed as fact, rumors spread that Takako made the journey from Tokyo to Minnesota to find the money buried in the roadside in Fargo, which she believed was a true story.
Brothers David Zellner and Nathan Zellner wrote and directed Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, which co-stars Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard and the filmmakers themselves. Take a look at the first footage before this critically-acclaimed thriller debuts in New York theaters March 13, 2015, with a Los Angeles release following on March 20, 2015.