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Gozu (2003)
"Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  14 July 2004 (France)
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A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûta Sone ...
Minami (as Hideki Sone)
Shô Aikawa ...
Ozaki
Kimika Yoshino ...
Female Ozaki
Shôhei Hino ...
Nose
Keiko Tomita ...
Innkeeper
Harumi Sone ...
Innkeeper's Brother
Renji Ishibashi ...
Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô
Kanpei Hazama
Masaya Katô
Tamio Kawachi
Susumu Kimura
Hiroyuki Nagato
Hitoshi Ozawa
Kazuyoshi Ozawa
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Storyline

Minami, a member of the Azamawari crew, highly respects his Aniki (brother) Ozaki who has saved his life in the past. However, lately Ozaki's eccentricities (like claiming that a Chihuahua hs sees is a 'Yakuza attack dog') have been making everyone wonder about his sanity. Chairman Azamawari is unsympathetic to Ozaki's little outbursts and secretly orders Minami to take Ozaki to a disposal facility in the city of Nagoya. There, the fate of these two follows a twisted path filled with violence, mother's milk, strange locals, and ultimately the disappearance of Ozaki's corpse which Minami now desperately tries to recover. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for aberrant sexual and violent content, and for language | See all certifications »

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$5,030 (USA) (30 July 2004)

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$54,419 (USA) (1 October 2004)
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Shot on a low budget, Gozu was originally planned for release on DVD but its positive reception at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003 secured a theatrical release overseas. See more »

Quotes

Innkeeper: Ooh...
[Minami hides his privates between his legs]
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Tarkovsky and Lynch on bath salts cannibalizing each other
17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

A black comedy, a horror flick, a yakuza yarn gone wrong, a twisted freudian romance, but also really none of the above. You can't really pigeonhole an artistic statement this personal into some marketable niche.

Sexual repression and gender seem to be the film's major thematic interests, but even if viewed in a superficial "WTF japan" sense (sadly, this is how most people approach this director), there is much to offer in terms of pure visual communication; there's an inscrutable nostalgia to Miike's vision of a rural town where something is profoundly wrong. Gozu is one of the "purest" films I've ever seen in how intuitively it uses the medium without spoonfeeding.

Disturbingly honest. It's not scary in the sense of other horror movies, it's scary in how it taps into a queasy sense of childhood adventure--like being lost in some unfamiliar place--and then starts distorting the lens. As surreal as it gets, though, the humanity of the characters keeps us grounded and caring about what happens.


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