One of the reasons for my Shinya Tsukamoto season is the fact that Third Window Films are releasing three of Tsukamoto’s films next month. Earlier this week I gave the details surrounding the rather excellent looking re-release of two of Tsukamoto’s earliest and most critically acclaimed films, Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, which comes in a two disc set with brilliant extras. The third film to get a release is Tsukamoto’s latest, Kotoko which got its world premiere at last year’s Venice Film Festival where it won the Orizzonti award for full-length films, the only Japanese Film to ever win the ‘Best Film’ award in the Orrizonti of the Venice Film Festival. Here are the details:
A film by Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo, Snake of June, Vital)
Out on DVD October 8th, 2012
Shinya Tsukamoto, the cult director of the cyberpunk Tetsuo series, presents an unnerving film about mental instability. Kotoko (folk-singer Cocco), a young single mother, lives alone with her baby son. Suffering from an unknown illness that makes her see double – especially people – and not knowing which version of the person is real, it severely impacts her day-to-day life, often leading to her to lash out violently. As her situation worsens and she becomes a liability, her son is taken from her and put in the care of her sister. Kotoko is left alone with her own thoughts – and for a person with an already broken mind that is a very scary place indeed.
Japan / 2011 / 91 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour / HD
DVD/BLU-RAY Special Features:
Exclusive interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
Japanese Theatrical Trailer