Kotoko (2011) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Kotoko (2011) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2011
  • Genre:  Madness & Paranoia
  • Cast & Crew: Yûko Nakamura, Cocco, Hiromi Kuronuma, Ryûgo Nakamura, Eiichi Takahashi, Sawako Makishi, Hiroshi Matayoshi, Honoka Chiba, Shinta Yamamoto, Shintai Kakazu, Mika Nakamura.
  • Director:  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
  • Screenwriter:  Cocco, Shin’ya Tsukamoto

Kotoko (2011) Rating:

  • Simina = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.7/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.0/10.

Kotoko (2011) Synopsis:

In Tokyo, a young single mother suffers from an illness which causes her to have the double vision is suspected. Amongst other drama, her condition will lead her to be suspected of child abuse.

Kotoko (2011) Review:

Kotoko is a Japanese drama “slash” horror film about a single mother who is suffering from an illness which causes her to have double vision. Not the typical kind where two images of the same scene are overlapping simultaneously, what she sees is two different versions of a person, the good and the bad and she has difficulties in figuring out which one is real. She often uses self-harm as a defense. Although she loves her baby, a mental breakdown makes the authorities take him from her, under the suspicion that she’s abusing her child.
As I said, she is a very troubled young woman so when a man appears into her life, after her singing made him stalk her and propose to her, she injures him a couple of times before letting him into her life. But I will stop here so I won’t spoil the movie for those who want to see it, any further.
I wished I hadn’t listened to my sister and continued with my happy-go-lucky movies because this disturbed me in a very weird way. I had to smoke two cigarettes afterward, one after another, a thing I don’t normally do. I didn’t want to see the horror in that particular night and she (my evil sister) assured me it’s not exactly horror, which I took as “there’s some violence but that’s it” (have you noticed what movies are going as “horror” these days?).
I found really disturbing the scenes when she actually sees these two versions. I flinched and jumped and chills were rolling on my body like an avalanche. Not so pleasant. And the scenes were she cuts herself, especially the first one seems so real. That takes me to the most disturbing part, the main actress (Cocco- singer and songwriter) says that she and the other main actor, who happens to be the writer and director of this film, based the whole story on herself. If it’s true and if that’s really how she is inside her head (even a fraction of Kotoko), hats off to her for the courage to expose herself so freely in front of possibly thousands of viewers. Not every day you see something like this.
As for the rating, I would give Kotoko an 8/10 because of the good acting and story (real or not) but, because of the shaky camera (sometimes I completely understood its purpose but other times I just didn’t get all that trembling), it gets a 7.

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