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Release Date:
14 July 2004 (France) See more »
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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Insane, Funny, Horrific, and Awesome See more (82 total) »


  (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 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
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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Rated R for aberrant sexual and violent content, and for language
France:130 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:129 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Female Ozaki:Wanna have sex?See more »
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References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)See more »


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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Insane, Funny, Horrific, and Awesome, 16 September 2004
Author: Zykron G. Ghoderphest from United States

This is perhaps the first movie I've ever seen that's had me consistently laughing out loud and then nearly creeping me out to the point of p**sing my pants. Don't get me wrong... this movie won't have you shrieking because of frights... but it will quietly nestle itself in the back of your brain and set shop in your nightmares. Did I mention it's also hilarious?

Where to start... Gozu starts somewhat normal (compared to the rest of the movie): Ozaki, a member of the Azumawari Yakuza clan, is starting to go crazy, even paranoid. So it's up to his successor and admirer, Minami, to get rid of him. Now just when you think the movie's going to be a heartbreaker about duty and brotherhood, the s**t hits the fan. Ozaki dies before he's supposed to. His corpse disappears. The dead seem to walk in more than one incident.

Breastmilk is being sold to everyone. Cow demons are handing out pornography in the middle of the night. WHAT THE HELL DOES IT ALL MEAN!?!?

I'm not totally sure. Without spoiling anything, the themes tend to lean towards rebirth, motherhood, and homosexuality, all at once. I've seen the movie three times now, and each time I've got something different out of it. That, my friends, is mastery. I'm not quite sure if Gozu is one for the ages, but even in a year with such movies as Fahrenheit 9/11, Garden State, Ju-on, The Corporation, and

Coffee and Cigarettes, this has to be my favorite so far.

The Final Cut:

Direction: A

Well, gosh, it's Takashi Miike. Do you expect any less?

Style: A+++

Once again, Miike delivers head-on with the style. This movie is so fudged-up, you will probably go somewhat crazy.

Acting: A-

Hideki Sone, who plays Minami, is absolutely fantastic in this movie, as is Sho Aikawa, who has a supporting role in Ozaki. Just plain brilliance.

Script: B

A little janky at some parts, but it compliments Miike's insane outlook quite nicely.

Music: A

Koji Endo's creepy cello / nails on chalkboard score scared the crap out of me, while the bizarre ending song broke my heart in a way like no other.

Overall: A

Don't miss this! You probably aren't going to get another chance to see Gozu on the big screen for a LONG time.

Best quote: "You weener looks just like Frankenstein's!"

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