The new film from Japanese cult director Shinya Tsukamoto.
Kotoko is about a young mother suffering from double vision, who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown after caring for her baby. With singer Cocco in the lead role, making her big-screen debut.
Just like Shion Sono’s Himizu, the film was awarded at Venice in September 2011 – the prize was even given by Chinese director Jia Zhangke! – and has received rave reviews from enthusiastic critics, some calling it a “cinematic experience“. That marks Shinya Tsukamoto’s true comeback after the terrible & messy Tetsuo The Bullet Man.
With Kotoko, Tsukamoto seems to continue what he started with Vital & Nightmare Detective – at that time, he was finally reaching the mind era, after having played for years with the flesh – as a way to express horror, frustration and craziness…
In other words, the director is working on this intriguing “new” thematically stage, where the mind has no boundaries – knowing Tsukamoto’s usual visual madness, that can only be interesting. To go further, read this interview with the director.
The film will be released in Japan on April 7, 2012. Kotoko will also come out in UK theaters in August, before the UK DVD & Blu-ray release in October!