Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan, 2011, Arrow Films, Cult

“Cocco and Tsukamoto bring a sensitivity and sympathy that softens the blow and makes even the most grim moments beautiful.” -- Dave Jackson, LETTERBOXD

Co-written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO: THE IRON MAN), KOTOKO is a nightmarish and hallucinogenic feast for the senses from Japan’s most consistently irreverent genre filmmaker. Kotoko (pop star and co-writer Cocco, in her first starring role) is a mother struggling to raise her young son Daijiro. As her grip on reality lessens, Kotoko begins to see doubles of everyone — one good, and one evil. Unfortunately, she can’t tell which one is real. As Kotoko’s life devolves into a paranoia-induced state, a famous author (played by Tsukamoto) takes an interest in her . . . for better or worse.

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  • 91 mins.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP