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Director:
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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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Very Strange....but in a good way See more (79 total) »

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
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
David Magdael .... publicist
Christian Storms .... subtitler: English
 

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Additional Details

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:
Ozaki:Everything I'm about to tell you is a joke. Don't take it seriously.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Visitor Q (2001) (V)See more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very Strange....but in a good way, 15 June 2005
Author: theoscillator_13 from boston, ma

The synopsis on the DVD case compares it to something in the style of David Lynch. I would agree with that. It's definitely a surreal and strange movie. I would not rank it as high as Ichi the Killer or Audition , both of which I loved. This is Takishi Miike doing what he does best, trying to shock people but I think he's trying too hard with this movie at times to the point where it gets boring. The movie seems to loose itself in it's own strangeness at times but overall it's accomplishes what it's out to accomplish.

This movie is a nice piece of artistic filmaking and I must say that it actually made me much more uncomfortable then Ichi or Audition especially the last 30 mins or so.....watch it and you'll know what I mean.

Overall, if you are a Miike fan or a fan of David Lynch or that style of film-making then you'll appreciate this movie. If you have seen this and have not seen Ichi the Killer or Audition, do yourself a favor and go out and rent or buy those.

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