Did this Japanese woman mistake the movie Fargo with reality?

"...he and the other officer tried to explain to Takako that 
Fargo was just a movie, that it was all make-believe. 
There was no treasure buried anywhere really, 
they kept trying to make her understand."

I was also fooled by the Coen Brother's 1996 movie Fargo.

A beginning title card said the film was based on a true story. For years after I saw the movie, I believed the hoax, but I was wrong.

In 2001, a 28-year-old woman from Japan, Takako Konishi, traveled to North Dakota to find a suitcase full of fictional money lost in the movie. And people got that story wrong, too.
"The police were called after she was spotted wandering around the outskirts of the state capital, Bismarck. When officers interviewed the woman, she showed them a "crude map" that was supposed to show the location where the money was hidden in the movie. A perplexed spokesman for the Bismarck police was quoted saying: "We tried to explain to her that it was a fictional movie, and there really wasn't any treasure."

But whatever the police said apparently didn't deter Takako Konishi from her strange quest, which ended with her pointless death. "A hunter later found her body in woodland," the story concluded, "near the village of Detroit Lakes, which lies on a road between Fargo and Brainerd."

Paul Berczeller was intrigued by her story, and made a short documentary film about it, called This is a True Story. He also wrote an article about his experience making the movie.

Watch the 24-minute documentary at the 4-docs site: This is a True Story, here>>

Death in the snow - A body is found in the frozen North Dakota woods. The cops say the dead Japanese woman was looking for the $1m she saw buried in the film Fargo. But the story didn't end there. By Paul Berczeller Guardian UK>>


  1. The whole "Fargo" connection is based on one police officer's mistaken theory about why she was in America. She was actually pining for an ex-boyfriend, and she came here to kill herself. It had nothing to do with "Fargo." But the Fargo story is more fun.

  2. Just goes to show how stupid, ignorant and greedy Japanese women are.


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