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.
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Raita, a Japanese businessman, just moved into an apartment building where his next-door neighbor is another guy named Raita. But as a private detective, what that other Raita does couldn't... See full summary »
In order to settle a business dispute, a mob leader murders one of his own teenage sons. The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization.
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
Tarkovsky and Lynch on bath salts cannibalizing each other
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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