Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

With Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Austin-based writers David and Nathan Zellner have constructed an engaging, even surprising feature around just a few jokes. Their understated approach goes a long way toward keeping these jokes fresh—no matter how many times they’re deployed, one rarely sees the punch line coming. An even more valuable asset is Rinko Kikuchi’s nuanced lead performance; on paper the title character sounds like a cartoon, yet Kikuchi (Norwegian Wood) transforms her into an enigma—heroic, childlike, pathetic, and touching. Continue reading >>