Entertainment 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' movie review - 3 stars Rinko Kikuchi stars in "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter." Credit: Sean Porter By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Updated March 19, 2015 6:04 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The Coen Brothers famously opened their masterpiece "Fargo" with the false declaration that it was based on a true story, in a particularly snarky commentary on that typically meaningless addendum. The Zellner brothers, David and Nathan, have produced a cinematic riff on the concept in "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," about a lonely Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) who becomes convinced that the film is a documentary and travels to North Dakota in a bid to uncover the money famously buried alongside a rural fence by Steve Buscemi's character. It's a strange film with a challenging tone that stays on the right side of the dangerous line between sympathy and mockery. Kumiko is a fairly inscrutable protagonist on one level, but on another she's driven by the same force that gets us all up in the morning: the drive to find our purpose. As she stands in an unfamiliar land, facing down brutal, wind-swept tundras, Kikuchi imbues Kumiko with that most important and elusive of characteristics: a soul. By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.