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Kotoko Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ December 26, 2014
Really quite a confronting and, at times, hard to watch movie.
Kotoko is a single mother to a young son and quite mentally disturbed. As well as frequent violent fantasies involving horrible ways for her baby to die, she inflicts violence on others, in particular a novelist who falls in love with her, and she self harms herself.
Because of the nature of her mental illness, the viewer is never quite sure how much of this is actually happening,and how much is in Kotoko's head.
It is very effective from that end, as you feel the confusion and disorientation Kotoko herself must feel, but it's not easy viewing, not at all. Time jumps around and it's really hard to pity Kotoko too much, even though you do, because she's ill, but she just does such awful things... And, well...I guess mission accomplished with this one, as I'm sure this is how you are meant to feel. Really a movie to make you feel uneasy and struggle with your thoughts for days after.
July 21, 2013
Very interesting, very heavy, but oh so not very original.
Watch if you have nothing better to do.
Super Reviewer
½ March 16, 2013
A difficult and hard hitting horror movie masquerading as a drama. Kotoko (played by folk singer Cocco) is a mother that suffers from visions of dangerous doppelgangers, as well as constantly finding herself in troubling situations. Her child is soon taken from her and given to her sister. Kotoko is at times terrifying, at times heartwarming, and at times relentlessly shocking. There is always a powerful emotion behind every scene. Tsukamoto uses the hallucinatory images to create an intriguing but frightful world. Sound is also utilised to powerful effect but can become overbearing, just like it is for Kotoko. Along with some shaky visuals, this is a brilliant aesthetic representation of mental illness. We feel for Kotoko and hope for her to be set free, but mental illness is rarely so simple.
December 29, 2012
"No score yet..." is the note I found in this movie's page. I can't just put up with that. Of course this is a japanese movie, and even in Japan, people can see this movie only in a few theaters. But certainly, this movie shouldn't be unnoticed. Or maybe you guys can't technically see this movie? Is the movie not available in your countries? Is that your problem? If it is, what a tragedy. That means you miss an union of 2 one of the kind creators - Cocco and Shinya Tsukamoto. And it is incredible how well this worked. The character Kotoko had to be Cocco. Who else can do this? Nobody else on the earth. I'm big fan of hers as a singer. She's doing in this movie exactly what she's doing when she sings - she's doing everything she can to make it happen. She totally devotes herself to what she creates. She is honest, so honest that she breaks your heart. Please see this movie. Just see this movie. Please.
November 23, 2012
Non ho molto da dire: questo non cinema facile n immediato, questo cinema in cui l'apporto della mente e del cuore dello spettatore è fondamentale. Questo grande cinema.
½ October 30, 2012
psychologically complex ...great
October 25, 2012
If you already have an interest in Cocco, you'll probably like this film. It has many uncomfortable moments but at the heart of it there's a lot of love.
October 16, 2012
Disturbing, intense but wholly captivating drama about a woman suffering from mental illness. This film is undoubtedly not for everyone and makes for quite uncomfortable viewing. The way in which director Shinya Tsukamoto constructs the film means you literally take a front seat in the mind of Kotoko. The sound design is especially impressive and a scene towards the end where inanimate objects take on a life of their own is nothing short of amazing. Singer-songwriter Cocco is outstanding in her first starring role and Tsukamoto also features in the film. The overall tone of the film is very grim but it's still a hypnotic and memorable experience.
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