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Not recommended under 8; parental guidance recommended 8-15 due to disturbing scenes and themes. Lacks interest for viewers under 15
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 8 to 15||Children over the age of 8 could see this film with parental guidance but it generally lacks interest for anyone under the age of 15. The first half of the film is in Japanese with subtitles.|
|Viewers aged 15 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Kumiko the Treasure Hunter|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and brief bloody scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a 29 year old office worker in a job she hates, with a boss she despises. She is unable to relate to her former friends, her workmates or her mother. The only “friend” she appears to have is her pet rabbit. After finding a video of the movie Fargo hidden in a cave off the coast of Tokyo, Kumiko becomes obsessed with finding the money that one of the characters buries by a fence in a snowy field in Minnesota. Despite the fact that this is only a scene in a movie, Kumiko believes that the money is real, that it is still there, and that she is destined to find it.
Kumiko leaves her job and sets out for Minnesota, hopeful, determined and completely unprepared for what she will find there. Along the way she meets a few strangers who simultaneously try to help her and yet also steer her away from her dream of getting to Fargo. Ultimately alone, and by sheer force of will, she finds her way to the fence from the movie and there discovers something far more important and powerful than money.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Although it is never openly discussed, Kumiko appears to be suffering from severe depression and social anxiety. The notion of mental illness runs throughout the film.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Some of the younger children in this age group may find some of the above scenes disturbing
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some mild sexual activity in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a slow-paced look at one woman’s life. The first half of the movie is in Japanese with English subtitles. The film is intended for a mature audience may appeal to anyone with an interest in Japan or the Japanese language. It may also appeal to academics or anyone more interested in cinematography as opposed to plot or storyline.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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