Kotoko (film)

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Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
Produced by Shinya Tsukamoto
Written by Shinya Tsukamoto (screenplay)
Cocco (story)
Starring Cocco
Shinya Tsukamoto
Cinematography Satoshi Hayashi
Shinya Tsukamoto
Edited by Shinya Tsukamoto
Distributed by Third Window Films (UK)
Release date
September 8, 2011 (Venice Film Festival premiere)[1]
Running time
91 min.
Language Japanese

Kotoko is a 2011 Japanese film by director Shinya Tsukamoto. It is based on an original story by J-pop artist Cocco, who stars in the film alongside Tsukamoto.


Suffering from double vision, a single mother (Cocco) tries to take care of her baby in the grip of terrifying hallucinations. Experiencing a nervous breakdown, she is deemed unfit to take care of her child and has it taken away from her. The only respite the mother has from her visions is when she sings. An award-winning novelist (Tsukamoto) overhears her singing whilst riding the bus and the pair subsequently develop a volatile relationship.


Kotoko premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Best Film award in the festival's Orizzonti section, the first Japanese film to do so.[2]

The film was picked up for distribution in the UK by Third Window Films and was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 8, 2012.[3]


  1. ^ "Release dates for Kotoko". IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shinya Tsukamoto's Kotoko Coming To The UK This Summer". subtitledonline.com. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kotoko film page". Third Window Films. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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