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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

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

Innkeeper: Ooh...
[Minami hides his privates between his legs]
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Cow head .. hmmmm ??
6 August 2004 | by CelluloidRehabSee all my reviews

If this is your first dive into the realm of Takashi Miike, STOP. GO BACK. REMOVE THIS MOVIE FROM YOU DVD PLAYER. You have to start somewhere less obscure than this movie. You can start out with Audition (or one of the Dead or Alive movies), follow that up with Happiness of the Katakuris and then either Ichi the Killer or Visitor Q. Once you have seen that, then you are ready to savor the flavor of this movie. To try to describe this movie would do the movie and you, the reader, an injustice. This movie just has to be watched and experienced. What can you expect from Gozu ?? Yakuzas. Killer Yakuza attack dogs. Lots of driving. Transvestites. Breast milk. Seance. Horse cropping. Sex. Birth. Ladles. The plot is based on the adventures of a yakuza made-man (Ozaki) and his underling (Minami). Ozaki is going crazy and the Boss has ordered Minami to take care of him. From there on you'll just have to watch to get the point (if there is one). As compared to his other movies, this one doesn't really have much of a story. The sheer obscureness or strangeness (and/or dark comedy) holds the various events together, linking them into a movie. At the same time, you are sitting there waiting to see how much more bizarre things can get. The movie passed by pretty quickly, with little slowdown. Fans of Miike should definitely see this movie. For everyone else, see the movie at your risk.

-Celluloid Rehab


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