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Kotoko [Blu-ray]

Cocco , Shinya Tsukamoto , Shinya Tsukamoto    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cocco, Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Directors: Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Surround Sound
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Third Window Films
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ACGLTO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kotoko (pop star Cocco in her first starring role) is a young mother struggling to raise her young son Daijiro. Her grip on reality is shaky at best. Through her narration we quickly learn she see s double of everyone, one good and one evil. The problem is she can t tell which one is real, and is constantly moving from apartment to apartment as she assaults neighbours she fears are out to harm her or her baby. Every moment of her life devolves in to paranoid induced state, where she worries what tragedy awaits her son. She cuts herself in an effort to remind her that she is real, and what she s experiencing is not a dream or delusion. The only time she feels at peace, when all her anxiety melts away and she feels whole, is when she sings. Soon Daijiro is taken from her, as authorities believe she is in fact abusing her child, and place him in the custody of her sister. At the same time, a famous author (played by Tsukamoto) who hears Kotoko s singing on a bus begins to stalk her, mesmerized by what he hears. He follows her around, desperate to strike up a relationship with her, no matter what the emotional or physical cost it may have on him or her.

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Interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
Trailer

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Japanese ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Kotoko (pop star Cocco in her first starring role) is a young mother struggling to raise her young son Daijiro. Her grip on reality is shaky at best. Through her narration we quickly learn she see's double of everyone, one good and one evil. The problem is she can't tell which one is real, and is constantly moving from apartment to apartment as she assaults neighbours she fears are out to harm her or her baby. Every moment of her life devolves in to paranoid induced state, where she worries what tragedy awaits her son. She cuts herself in an effort to remind her that she is real, and what she's experiencing is not a dream or delusion. The only time she feels at peace, when all her anxiety melts away and she feels whole, is when she sings. Soon Daijiro is taken from her, as authorities believe she is in fact abusing her child, and place him in the custody of her sister. At the same time, a famous author (played by Tsukamoto) who hears Kotoko's singing on a bus begins to stalk her, mesmerized by what he hears. He follows her around, desperate to strike up a relationship with her, no matter what the emotional or physical cost it may have on him or her. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...Kotoko (2011) (Blu-Ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Viewing 30 Oct 2012
By Leeam
Format:DVD
Kotoko is an intensely disturbing and powerful film by Shinya Tsukamoto one of the most important and bold filmmakers working today. His previous films include Tetsuo, Vital, Nightmare Detective, Tokyo Fist and A Snake of June. In this film, Kotoko (played by Cocco) is a very disturbed woman with a baby who experiences double vision and paranoid fantasies. She cannot tell reality from fantasy and as a result is a threat to her self and her child. She self-harms and becomes hysterical and very violent at everyday challenges such as her baby crying or strangers approaching her in the street. As a result of this her baby is taken away from her. She then meets a writer (played by the director) devoted to her whom she begins a masoschistic relationship with. When she eventually gets her son back Kotoko only spins more out of control than ever.

What Tsukamoto does so well is use visual techniques and the performance of Cocco to immerse you in her world. As a viewer you feel like you are inside her head rather than an observer and its a very scary place to be. Between the outbursts of screaming and crying, bloody self harm and fantasy there are moments of serenity and beauty such as when she sings and dances in the rain. There is also humour as when she repeatedly stabs men in the hands with forks. There is one scene of extreme violence against her son towards the end of the film which I found hard to stomach. The performance of Cocco is excellent and natural. She weaves her own experiences into the performance and Tsukamoto shows how well he can direct actors and evoke the emotions he wants from them. The themes of violence, alienation, fear and transformation from his previous films are all present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Let me nail this down for you, if you don't like esoteric, unstructured cinema which doesn't make use of classic character archetypes, you're simply not going to like this film. It isn't about a girl meeting a guy and trying to make sense of the world, it isn't about a hero and a damsel in distress. This is a complex selection of finely flawed characters whose interactions can both baffle and confuse as well as thrill and amuse.

I was lucky enough to see the première of Kotoko at the Edinburgh film festival, and what I saw brought back such wonderful memories of Tsukamoto's early work, whilst stamping a new clarity of image, and hollowness of sound. The story is honestly a little too hard to nail down for a text review, but I will purely say that it involves a mother who suffers from double vision, and this ailment ultimately influences the rest of her life, in some cases tragically. She finds some respite, but ultimately the nature of this respite is possibly more dangerous than the affliction itself.

Don't expect love, hugs, and belly-rubs here, people. Expect a heady mix of dark and brutal imagery as well as ridiculous and light hearted set pieces. It is, put simply, a journey that I loved to take, and would recommend anyone else with a passing interest to do the same. Just please don't expect a Woody Allen movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Director of Japanese filth and grunge, Tsukamoto, has been missing in action of late. Not really offering his fans much beyond the forgettable. He resolved that with his response to the Japanese tragedy in Kotoko. With a heart-stopping performance from Japanese musician Cocco, Tsukamoto stripped back all the layers to make a lo-fi drama about a woman coping with an increasingly aggressive mental state. Losing her child and meeting a potential lover in Tsukamoto, she tries to cope with life. She fails, naturally, Kotoko is a dark and dangerous horror/drama that reclaims stylized tropes to tell a genuinely disturbing tale. It uses loose camera movement to evoke emotional stress which reaches its peak with some great moments of psychical horror, the high point of which had be verbal express my shock. You'll know when you see it, believe me. If he keeps this up, comparisons with the classics of David Cronenberg will be coming thick and fast. As such this one calls comparisons to Dead Ringers and Spider.
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Absolutely brilliant film. I've seen this listed as a horror in several places which it certainly is not. It is horrific at times but not in a "oooh ghosts" kind of way. It is dark and at times difficult to watch. However its incredibly sensitively handled. I couldn't help but think that if this was American it'd be way more graphic and sensationalist. This has blood and is at times quite violent but it is not a Hostel or Hatchet kind of film.
Basically if you like deep, well made films then watch this. It is exceptional.
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