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Fresno Filmworks presents the darkly comedic adventure fable "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," an American independent film starring Rinko Kikuchi. The inspiration: In 2001, an urban legend circulated online about a lonely Japanese woman who discovered a hidden copy of "Fargo" on VHS, leaving her life in Tokyo for the American Upper Midwest in a hunt for the movie's buried treasure. The film tells the imagined story of Kumiko, a frustrated secretary whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. She becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered copy of the Coen brothers classic—a fictional movie she mistakes for a documentary— fixating on one scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate landscape of rural North Dakota. Believing the treasure to be real, Kumiko plunges herself into a wild and dangerous odyssey unlike anything she has seen in the movies. The visually stunning and strangely touching underdog story is written and directed by indie filmmaker brothers David and Nathan Zellner, stars of numerous award-winning shorts and the 2012 Sundance hit "Kid-Thing," with a surreal lead performance from Kikuchi, a 2006 Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress in "Babel." Featuring an electronic score from The Octopus Project. In English and Japanese, with English subtitles. Not rated. Advance tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors, and they can be purchased by check or cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. Go online to FresnoFilmworks.org for tickets and details.