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Kotoko (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 2 March 2012 (USA)
When a single mother suffers a nervous breakdown, she is suspected of child abuse and her child is taken away. Her mental suffering escalates as she succumbs to her darkest fantasies.


Shin'ya Tsukamoto


Cocco (original story), Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Seitaro Tanaka
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura
Cocco Cocco ... Kotoko
Ryûgo Nakamura Ryûgo Nakamura ... (as Ryugo Nakamura)
Eiichi Takahashi Eiichi Takahashi
Sawako Makishi Sawako Makishi
Hayato Takuma Hayato Takuma
Kôji Wakuta Kôji Wakuta
Tatsumi Ômura Tatsumi Ômura
Rika Nakamura Rika Nakamura
Haruna Kato Haruna Kato
Masao Hiramatsu Masao Hiramatsu
Shintai Kakazu Shintai Kakazu
Honoka Chiba Honoka Chiba
Kyômi Yamamoto Kyômi Yamamoto


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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as difficult to write about, as to watch
11 February 2018 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Almost as difficult to write about, as to watch, this harrowing film is a nightmare from start to finish. Single mother, Kotoko is played by Cocco, who we understand co-wrote the film basing it on her own experiences. Some experiences they must have been, too, if this is to be believed. For some considerable stretch she is struggling inside and out the house carrying, awkwardly, her screaming child. The next phase seems to involve real or imagined violence upon this child. All the time the camera, our viewpoint, is skewed and uneven as the sound around deafens. And all the time the lead lady is self harming, in a big way. As if this were not enough the film's director and co-writer also appears and attempts a relationship with this ongoing nightmare, crazy lady. Uncompromising, as ever, this is quite different from Tsukamoto's other work but then I guess that remarkably they are all quite distinctive with just the one thing in common that makes them his own and makes them so difficult to watch. This is raw and desperate humanity desperately trying to maintain the slenderest grip on something the least bit tolerable in the face of rampant madness.

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Release Date:

2 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kotoko See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Kaijyu Theater, Makotoya See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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