Kotoko (2011)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 42

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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.

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BJF
BJF
October 19, 2020 1:55 pm

Kotoko is basically a manic pixie dream girl getting away with hurting everyone around her just because she’s attractive

no
no
October 19, 2020 4:44 pm

Kill all men. ♥

Kotoko ig
Kotoko ig
October 26, 2020 12:31 am

I liked it. The ending was cute and sad as fuck but very nice.

Nancy
Nancy
October 30, 2020 7:10 pm

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.

Mhdy
Mhdy
November 13, 2020 12:03 pm

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.

Handsomeguymodleschool
Handsomeguymodleschool
November 28, 2020 12:25 am

LMAO @ 42:58. Thanks for the movie.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 5, 2021 9:21 am

Evocative. Lamentable. Beguiling. Efficacious performance.

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 5, 2021 9:42 am

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.

chi
chi
March 5, 2021 10:11 pm

Beautiful movie, probably my favourite now, thank you so much EUM

MAHC
MAHC
May 15, 2021 9:47 pm

I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING

ska
ska
June 12, 2021 5:34 am

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

Dee
Dee
August 1, 2021 9:44 pm

Decent movie but too much singing made me tune out

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August 30, 2022 7:33 am

holy shit cocco is incredible in this