Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto
Starring: Cocco (Kotoko), Shinya Tsukamoto (Seitaro Tanaka)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subs)
Genres: Mental Illness-Depressing, Violence against Men, Self-Harm, Family, Gruesome
Plot – Spoilers:
Kotoko has a problem. She sometimes sees in double – as in, two versions of people. One of them tends to be aggressive to her, which leaves her pathetically helpless and confused while going through her daily life. This isn’t her only worry though – she also has a baby boy and feels everyone is out to harm him. And even worse, she isn’t convinced she won’t harm him herself.
Kotoko deals with her fears by indulging in cutting or through random acts of violence on men who take an interest in her. After a while, it becomes hard to separate her reality from her delusions. What’s easy though, is to vicariously experience the misery of most of her waking hours.
Compared to Shinya Tsukamoto’s early films, this is so sensitive a work, you feel it must be coming from a place that’s very personal.