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Kotoko (2011)

The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child... See full summary »

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Writers:

Cocco (original story), Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Seitaro Tanaka
Cocco Cocco ... Kotoko
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura
Rika Nakamura Rika Nakamura
Eiichi Takahashi Eiichi Takahashi
Haruna Kato Haruna Kato
Ryûgo Nakamura Ryûgo Nakamura ... (as Ryugo Nakamura)
Kôji Wakuta Kôji Wakuta
Midori Edamura Midori Edamura
Honoka Chiba Honoka Chiba
Kyômi Yamamoto Kyômi Yamamoto
Masao Hiramatsu Masao Hiramatsu
Hiromi Kuronuma Hiromi Kuronuma
Nami Inoue Nami Inoue
Makoto Takakusa Makoto Takakusa
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The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child abuser when things get out of control and her baby is taken away. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Котоко See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Kaijyu Theater, Makotoya See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Fantastic and enjoyable paranoia study
27 October 2017 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Tormented by frightening visions, a single mother who struggles to take care of herself and her newborn child realizes that the key to figuring out how to save herself is with a new relationship only to realize her madness hasn't left her and is always close to being fully unleashed on others.

This was a fantastic effort with a lot to enjoy about it. One of the finest aspects of the film is the strength of the central character who has so much going on that she's worthy of being this kind of central figure. Being given such a strong personality, the film gets quite a lot of mileage out of her. The torment she feels trying to raise her child alone in the city causes such stress and frustration that she frequently daydreams about killing it to start her life over, so the peace and tranquility she feels being around her sister out in the countryside is a welcome relief contrasting with the cold city scenes. To top it off, she also struggles with an ability to separate fantasy from reality where she constantly imagines evil doppelgangers of those around her who often viciously attack her that forces her into a self-destructive pattern of self-mutilation and creates an overall frantic central premise here. Still, this one doesn't forget it's a horror film at its heart so there are plenty of fantastic scares here. These revolve around the doppelganger attacks which are striking and utterly haunting here with frantic editing, chaotic sounds blaring along through the sequence and a dark intent behind them rushing towards her, these scenes leave a strong impression with the feverish intent and frequency that they're featured in the first half. There's a brutality on display here with the way these occur which gives this a striking tone and feel that goes hand-in-hand with the madness she displays, which is furthered by the scenes of her cutting herself or the way she beats up those that try to get between her and child as this is quite the dark and frantic tale. While these here offer up plenty to like, the film does have a few minor issues on display. The vast majority of the film is a character study so those expecting traditional jump-scares or slashings will be disappointed. This takes it's time to tell this story, so although the horror scenes do occur and are absolutely stellar during those times, frankly the film doesn't have that much else going on. It still moves along well but it's mostly brief spurts of action followed by other scenes that focus on her madness and lost sanity so the action doesn't get featured here at all. This can leave the film feeling dull for long stretches of time to some which really is the main problem.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Language and scenes of violence towards children.


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