Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter opens at the Music Box Theatre on March 27 for a weeklong run. Click here for showtimes and additional information.
Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is 29 years old. She works a mundane day job where she services the needs of a wealthy boss. Her official job title is “Office Lady”. She is among the many women stuck in this revolving door position but unlike the women who escape – of which the only means of escaping is by having a family – she’s dependent on the position’s meager salary for her livelihood. She receives regular calls from her mother, most of which involve her berating Kumiko for not finding a boyfriend, not having children, and not living with her. Kumiko lives in a small flat where the structure’s tight quarters only echo the sentiment that this young woman is trapped. Among the sea of black suits and white shirts that compose images of Tokyo’s commuters, it’s Kumiko’s red hoodie that sticks out. And Kumiko has a bunny. An adorable bunny that eats ramen named Bunzo. Yet it’s not hard to see why Kumiko seems to be clinging to what little sanity she has left – like her bunny, she’s trapped in a cage. So is it any surprise that when this young women discovers a VHS copy of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, with its “this is based on a true story” opening and the promise of a snow-buried suitcase waiting to be uncovered, that she embraces the notion of becoming a Spanish Conquistador and sets forth on a journey to her El Dorado, by way of Fargo?Read More