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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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  (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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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 »
Female Ozaki:Wanna have sex?See more »
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References "The Kingdom" (1994)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Great Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu - exactly what the title says, 28 November 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

e seen more than half a dozen Miike flicks and GOZU is definitely he's most deviantly outrageous so far. What it all means is never clear. And yet that's exactly why the movie remains so strangely compelling. There are points where absolutely nothing makes sense and there are moments were everything magically clicks together, revealing a world of possibilities, a horrible, absurd, funny, nightmarish fabric that should be woven of crotchless panties, breastmilk and cow head masks.

GOZU's tagline should be "Beware all who enter". Even seasoned Miike fans might be put off. The first scene involving a mad yakuza beating six shades of sh#t out of a "yakuza-sniffing" dog only hints at what is to follow. Is it gonna be an outrageous crime flick in the mold of FUDOH and DOA or is there more to it? Basically the plot involves a yakuza underling driving the aforementioned mad brother in a remote town called Nagoya in order to "dispose" of him according to the boss's orders who fears his madness is getting out of hand. After doing so, he stops to grab a bite leaving the corpse in his convertible car which upon his return finds missing. The corpse, not the car.

From then on GOZU plunges headlong in a bewildering world populated by a motley crowd of the most insane characters where surrealism, mystery and dark comedy seamlessly intertwine. To what purpose? In a way, this is Miike's most Lynch-ian movie to date and not just because it's so perplexing; psychosexual abuse, perversion, identity are all key themes here. Is the main character fighting and coming to terms with his homosexuality? If ERASERHEAD is Lynch's feverish nightmare on parenthood, is GOZU its companion piece on motherhood? Right down to a finale that reminded me of Cronenberg's brand of 'body horror', GOZU is in turns exhilarating, hilarious, puzzling but above all a creative, original work. Which is more than can be said for directors with twice Miike's name and reputation.

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