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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Sakichi Sato (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûta Sone Yûta Sone ... Minami (as Hideki Sone)
Kimika Yoshino Kimika Yoshino ... Female Ozaki
Shôhei Hino Shôhei Hino ... Nose
Keiko Tomita Keiko Tomita ... Innkeeper
Harumi Sone Harumi Sone ... Innkeeper's Brother
Susumu Kimura Susumu Kimura
Kanpei Hazama Kanpei Hazama
Sakichi Sato Sakichi Sato ... Coffee Shop Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shô Aikawa ... Ozaki
Ken'ichi Endô ... Endo
Renji Ishibashi ... Boss
Masaya Katô
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato
Hitoshi Ozawa Hitoshi Ozawa
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Storyline

Minami, a junior member of a Japanese underworld organisation, is sent on a road trip with a senior colleague, Ozaki. Ozaki is to be bumped off, as he is now a liability to the organisation. On the way Ozaki disappears under mysterious circumstances. Written by grantss

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for aberrant sexual and violent content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

official website [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 July 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gozu See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,030, 1 August 2004

Gross USA:

$58,202

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,202
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rakueisha, The Klockworx See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Ozaki: Your wiener looks like Frankenstein's.
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References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »

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The Great Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu - exactly what the title says
28 November 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

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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