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Writer:
Sakichi Satô (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 July 2004 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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 ... Endo
Kanpei Hazama
Masaya Katô
Tamio Kawaji (as Tamio Kawachi)
Susumu Kimura
Hiroyuki Nagato
Hitoshi Ozawa
Kazuyoshi Ozawa
Sakichi Satô ... Coffee Shop Manager
Tokitoshi Shiota ... Gozu

Tetsurô Tanba
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sakichi Satô  screenplay

Produced by
Kanako Koido .... producer
Harumi Sone .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Kazunari Tanaka 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 
Production Design by
Akira Ishige 
 
Set Decoration by
Akira Sakamoto 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masato Tanno .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Akira Nakano .... sound recordist
Hitoshi Tsurumaki .... sound designer
 
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
Gregory Hatanaka .... distribution consultant
David Magdael .... publicist
Christian Storms .... subtitler: English
 

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Also Known As:
"Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu" - Japan (original title)
"Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for aberrant sexual and violent content, and for language
Runtime:
France:130 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:129 min
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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:
Female Ozaki:Wanna have sex?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
topped it, 19 January 2005
Author: psaygin from London

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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