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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

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Kumiko is a young Japanese woman who is completely isolated in crowded Tokyo. Stuck in a menial job and stuck under her mother's thumb, her only escape is through movies. Or more accurately, through movie; a lone VHS copy of the Coen brothers' Fargo is her singular source of joy. Her obsessive viewing of it causes Kumiko to believe that the treasure buried in the snowy plains of North Dakota early in the film is still there, just waiting to be discovered -- by her. David Zellner's Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is about the joys of escapism and the magic of film. It screens as part of the Webster Film Series this weekend.

7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. (Apr. 18-19). Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). $4 to $6..
Sat., April 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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