Shinya Tsukamoto burst onto the international film scene with Tetsuo the Iron Man (’89), his first feature film that greatly influenced many creators around the world. He followed up with Tokyo Fist (’95), Bullet Ballet (’98) and then, A Snake of June (’02). That film which depicted life in an urban community and the loneliness of its inhabitants was powerfully visualized in bluish black and white color. It was recognized at the Venice Int’l Film Festival with the prestigious Jury’s prize.
In this new film, while keeping the recognizable Tsukamoto style, he embarks on a new direction. From his early works on, the images of war and violence have been a running constant. This time through the iconic story of a mother and child, these images come to wield a frightening power.
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 a 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.