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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 Satô (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 Satô Sakichi Satô ... Coffee Shop Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shô Aikawa ... Ozaki
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Endo
Renji Ishibashi Renji Ishibashi ... Boss
Masaya Katô Masaya Katô
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji
Hiroyuki Nagato Hiroyuki Nagato
Hitoshi Ozawa Hitoshi Ozawa
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Storyline

Minami, a member of the Azamawari crew, highly respects his Aniki (brother) Ozaki who has saved his life in the past. However, lately Ozaki's eccentricities (like claiming that a Chihuahua hs sees is a 'Yakuza attack dog') have been making everyone wonder about his sanity. Chairman Azamawari is unsympathetic to Ozaki's little outbursts and secretly orders Minami to take Ozaki to a disposal facility in the city of Nagoya. There, the fate of these two follows a twisted path filled with violence, mother's milk, strange locals, and ultimately the disappearance of Ozaki's corpse which Minami now desperately tries to recover. Written by Anonymous

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,419, 3 October 2004
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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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Did You Know?

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 Bijitâ Q (2001) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Very Strange....but in a good way
15 June 2005 | by theoscillator_13See all my reviews

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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