Kotoko (2011)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 38

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Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto
Starring: Cocco (Kotoko), Shinya Tsukamoto (Seitaro Tanaka)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subs)
Runtime: 01:31:30
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.

27 thoughts on “Kotoko (2011)

  • October 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm
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    Kotoko is basically a manic pixie dream girl getting away with hurting everyone around her just because she’s attractive

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    • October 21, 2020 at 6:11 am
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      Is she really all that attractive? I mean I guess the skeleton you can see through her skin looks ok

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      • October 21, 2020 at 12:04 pm
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        She’s conventionally attractive, not to mention the woman playing her is a singer

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    • October 25, 2020 at 11:28 pm
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      I definitely wouldn’t say manic pixie dream girl since the only manic pixie dream girl trait she has is the physical attractiveness

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      • October 26, 2020 at 4:10 am
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        Her look screams “I’m ill” …Anorexia. Attractiveness just is not there. Btw.. my heart goes out to those with anorexia. At a healthy weight.. she’d come in at average.

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    • October 26, 2020 at 4:16 am
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      Go to 49:26.. look at that profile and tell me she is attractive.

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    • October 20, 2020 at 12:55 am
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      Please don’t tell me LOVE is everything Mrs. no

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    • October 21, 2020 at 6:09 am
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      In the word of who you are… no

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      • May 23, 2021 at 3:13 am
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        You’ll grow up one day honey ♥

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        • May 23, 2021 at 4:29 am
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          So, in your opinion, it’s fine to want to kill all men, but someone who says “kill all women” needs to grow up? Seems like you have some growing up to do too.

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  • October 26, 2020 at 12:31 am
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    I liked it. The ending was cute and sad as fuck but very nice.

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  • October 30, 2020 at 7:10 pm
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    I enjoyed the movie, the music is quite good though, the songs are nice, even if in the context I can’t say they are uplifting. I think the whole ordeal is portrayed in a very interesting manner, I just wonder how can someone with such a severe problem not be detected and got some sort of help, on the early stages. I see people comment on the woman being skinny, well considering how her life is…it does not surprise me one bit, I don’t understand the “kill all men” comments, she was violent towards ONE, and well, she has serious issues.

    I liked the end.

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    • November 3, 2020 at 3:17 am
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      I had the exact thought about how she could live on without being noticed. Note that she “moves” a lot though!

      As an aside, I believe the songs are meant to be dark comedy: notice the parallel between ending and beginning; the stranger ringing the bell in exactly the same manner as her temporary boyfriend. The (very masterful) camerawork also seems to emphasize that the person narrating the story is most likely not very reliable..

      This movie isn’t good enough for a second watch (sorry!) however it is definitely a great horror movie, only because horror is a genre that is very, very misunderstood (“kill all men”).

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  • November 13, 2020 at 12:03 pm
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    A very sad story, the movie depicts the life of a woman suffering from a mental disorder trying to protect her son from dangerous imaginary situations. Although she sometimes seems aware of her insanity, she has accepted the fact that her son is going far from her to her sister’s custody. I personally think that her mental status wasn’t that bad if she was helped earlier.

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  • November 28, 2020 at 12:25 am
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    LMAO @ 42:58. Thanks for the movie.

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  • March 5, 2021 at 9:21 am
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    Evocative. Lamentable. Beguiling. Efficacious performance.

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  • March 5, 2021 at 9:42 am
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    Suffering from any form of mental illness whilst raising a baby as a single mother is diabolically laborious, self-care evaporates and seclusion is tranquility.

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  • March 5, 2021 at 10:11 pm
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    Beautiful movie, probably my favourite now, thank you so much EUM

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  • May 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm
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    I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING

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  • June 12, 2021 at 5:34 am
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    amazing movie, anyone who didn’t like it just hasn’t experienced mental illness. good for you honestly ! googled the movie and apparently the story was written by kotoko’s actress (who’s actually a singer) so no wonder she could embody her character like she did. so fucking cool

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  • August 1, 2021 at 9:44 pm
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    Decent movie but too much singing made me tune out

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