The initial setup is interesting in which a mentally unstable Japanese woman travels to America to find a 'treasure' she saw in a fiction film (Fargo). However despite a strong turn by lead Rinko Kikuchi this is a film that really is a road to nowhere and misses plenty of opportunities to express something far deeper. The music score by The Octopus Project is quite interesting.
It's a story about loneliness, about loosing interest in reality, finding hope somewhere else; a story about following your own path in life, and the clash with what the society often expects from us. I also think, the Japanese setting adds something more to it, anyone who lived in Tokyo for a longer period of time will surely understand, that sense of being alone among millions of people around... I loved this film.
Since the begining of the movie, I was thinking what would be the end of it. I mean, the movie is really well-shot, the actress is beautiful and acts really well in her shy/weird character, and the movie gets funny when people realize that you need to be innocently crazy to go to USA in search of a treasure that you saw in Fargo. I was imagining she would find someone or just find another kind of trasure...
I was curious about this film & found interesting links. The line "This is a true story" is what brings it all together - where fact, fiction & miscommunication link 3 films. Beginning with the Coen Brother's "Fargo", the doco "This is a True Story" (2003) & "Kumiko", inspired by the doco. I found watching the doco afterwards added to understanding "Kumiko". See all 3 if u r intrigued: 1.Fargo 2.Kumiko 3.doco last.