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Gozu (2003)

Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu (original title)
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 ...
Kimika Yoshino ...
Shôhei Hino ...
Nose
Keiko Tomita ...
Harumi Sone ...
Innkeeper's Brother
Renji Ishibashi ...
Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Endo
Kanpei Hazama
Masaya Katô
Tamio Kawaji ...
(as Tamio Kawachi)
Susumu Kimura
Hiroyuki Nagato
Hitoshi Ozawa
Kazuyoshi Ozawa
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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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14 July 2004 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,030, 1 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,419, 3 October 2004
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Trivia

The store-owner's American wife knew no Japanese, and had to read her lines phonetically off cue cards posted above her head. She proved to be absolutely hopeless at anything resembling proper pronunciation or competent acting. Director Takashi Miike found the result interesting and displayed the cards for a simultaneously eerie and comedic effect. See more »

Quotes

Ozaki: Your wiener looks like Frankenstein's.
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i did not know anything about Miike when i saw Gozu. i read about Gozu in a magazine randomly and it sounded like something i had to see. then i waited a few weeks until it was in the theatres here. i told my fellow David Lynch fan officemate "hey, here is this movie which sounds cool, i think we both need to see this".

so we went. afterwards we left the theatre in a state of amazement. we had seen and enjoyed "weird" movies all our lives, Lynch, Cronenberg, whatever. we both enjoyed surrealism in general. even so, Gozu was really a peak experience.

but you can't just be weird for the sake of weird... is Gozu good? definitely. it is well-made, beautiful,... and it speaks to a deep visceral part at times. and then turn ridiculous and made you laugh... but even in the weirdest movies you have seen, there is probably more linearity and perhaps some symbolism you can conjure up. i think with Gozu, the way to see it is, just watch and let it take you. open your mind a little more than usual. otherwise i don't know what effect this movie can have on someone. for me, it was very significant. i immediately went and saw it again the next night (which was the last night it was playing) and my appreciation grew.

Miike is amazing. very talented director. good use of sound as well as the great visuals everyone talks about. i am looking forward to more of his work.


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