Interview: Rinko Kikuchi on bunnies, the Mako Mori test, and Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

Since grabbing international attention with her Oscar-nominated role in Babel, Rinko Kikuchi has made an international career out of strange and often silent characters. Her latest film, Kumiko The Treasure Hunter, is a fairy-tale-like yarn about a frustrated office worker in Tokyo who’s convinced the briefcase full of cash in Fargo is not only real, but the answer to all of her problems. Directed by David Zellner, who co-wrote the script with his brother Nathan, Kumiko is a fascinating mash-up of their low-fi Austin filmmaking sensibilities and Kikuchi’s power to entrance the viewer with hardly a word. Plus, there’s a bunny named Bunzo who’s the star of his own social-media campaign, #teambunzo. What’s not to love?

With the aid of a translator, Kikuchi talked about her leporine co-star, playing a prickly character like Kumiko, Mako Mori’s Tumblr fan base, and why it’s easier …

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