Reviews

Oct 7, 2021
...it's an intriguing, lyrical piece of 'simply stunning' cinema that is also likely to boast one of the years standout performances.
Oct 7, 2021
Kumiko The Treasure Hunter is simply stunning from beginning to end.
Sep 28, 2021
The Zellner Brothers write, produce, and direct (and act a little) Kumiko with such a steady hand that it never slips into total fact or total fiction.
May 18, 2021
A haunting film based on the real-life mystery...
Jul 6, 2020
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a stone bummer-a gorgeously photographed, haunting, and moving one, to be sure, but a bummer nonetheless-about the power of dreams, and the high costs they often levee on the dreamer.
Jun 26, 2020
It forces us to question cinema as an art that can manipulate the truth of the facts when a fictional story is infused by an invention.[Full review in Spanish]
Jun 11, 2019
Mournful in its approach, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter affectingly considers the torturous unattainability of true escapism.
Apr 4, 2019
Treading the fine line between truth and fiction, Kumiko is more than just a homage to the Coen brothers.
Mar 6, 2019
Enticed by the prospect of buried treasure, Kumiko sets off on an ill-fated odyssey in search of the loot.
Aug 28, 2018
This is one of the best films of the year. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is not a true story, but its central quest touches a chord truer than anything in Fargo.
Jun 19, 2018
A weird one.
Sep 1, 2017
The film isn't polished, perhaps on purpose, but it's endearing, special even.
Aug 1, 2017
I think the less you know going into this movie the better, so if you're a die-hard fan of Rinko Kikuchi or a film buff with a vested interest in how pop culture influences modern folklore, put yourself on Kumiko media blackout and just go see it already.
Jun 21, 2017
Kikuchi interacts beautifully with the camera to set the pace; the wide shots and angles make it seem as if the camera waits for her to finish a silent sentence, punctuated by her facial expression.
Mar 10, 2017
With sparse dialogue, the film hinges on an incredible performance from Rinko Kikuchi as office-girl outsider Kumiko, who can hurt your heart with just a little flick of her eye.
Oct 4, 2016
An assured and ambitious arthouse odyssey from the Zelners, with the wonderful, wistful Rinko Kikuchi at its core.
Jun 21, 2016
As the film uncomfortably unfolds to an inevitable conclusion, nihilistic overtones encapsulate any emotional connection to her struggle.
May 24, 2016
Unfortunately, Treasure opened too early in the year for short attention span Academy members, because Rinko Kikuchi seriously merits consideration for her second Oscar nom.
May 23, 2016
Fortunately, the Zellners have better plans for their heroine in Kumiko's delirious, wonderfully improbable, and probably surrealistic, ending.
Jan 4, 2016
A wonderfully accessible indie dark comic tale about movie obsessions.