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Gozu (2004)

Hideki Sone , Sho Aikawa , Takashi Miike  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hideki Sone, Sho Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shohei Hino, Keiko Tomita
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z7RNG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gozu" on IMDb

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From the acclaimed director Takashi Miike comes a Yakuza/ horror film to shock and amaze audiences everywhere! When Minami is sent to kill his mentor Ozaki who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown he embarks on a journey of unexplained natural phenomenon that only the director of such films as Audition Dead or Alive and Ichi the Killer can provide in this surreal Lynchian/Cronenberg-like odyssey!Special features16x9 anamorphic video transfer letterboxed Audio Commentary with film critics Andy Klein & Wade Major** Interview with Takashi Miike featuring directors Guillermo Del Toro ("Hellboy") and Eli Roth ("CabinFever")** Making of featurette** Still Gallery Biographies FilmNotes by author Tom Mes - **Unrated version onlySystem Requirements: Running Time 129 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: NR UPC: 825307911497 Manufacturer No: PH-91149

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, great DVD April 8, 2005
Explaining that there's a "Yakuza attack dog" outside, a Japanese gangster in the midst of a nervous breakdown strolls out of a restaurant and proceeds to beat an adorable Chihuahua to death, culminating when he swings the animal over his head by its leash and throws it against a window with a sickening thud. A mob boss browbeats an underling over the phone while having sex with a ladle planted firmly up his rectum. An innkeeper lactates into bottles in order to avoid paying for milk, and later flogs her simple-minded brother with a chimney brush while he attempts to conjure up a spirit for a stunned guest. A drooling, cow-headed demon suddenly shows up in a dream sequence, then vanishes as quickly as it had appeared with no explanation whatsoever.

Sound weird? Well, it should. However, the foregoing are just a sampling of the oddities on display in Gozu (Japanese for "Cow head," apparently), a film that's sure to have even the most experienced enthusiasts of far-out cinema shaking their heads in wonderment. Directed by notorious Japanese weird-out master Takashi Miike with his typical combination of high style, black humor, and random acts of weirdness, Gozu is a relentlessly inscrutable movie, constantly throwing a new curveball at you just when you think you've got a grip on it. And while Miike has certainly toned down the bloodshed for which he's renowned here, his knack for unforgettable set pieces has obviously managed to survive intact. This movie has some images that WILL remain seared onto your retinas for some time after viewing, none more so than its literally unbelievable conclusion. There's not even a suitable description for that scene; you've just got to see it.

At the movie's beginning, things look much more innocent, or at least simpler.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best movies ever February 4, 2005
i absolutely loved this film. without destroying the story let me tell you if one were to classify this film it would be a cross between a gangster, horror thriller, suspense mystery, and a weird twisted version of love. The japaneese are twisted and boy is this movie its gots some weird but intellectual humor constantly throughout the film. Its a little slow but it adds to the strangness of the world the main character is in. Every scene is so perfectly scripted in such an odd but intriguing way. The main character searches for his brother which may sound kinda boring but its bizarre, everyone he meets and everywhere he goes is off, theres something just not right about it all. Its like he's stuck in a dream and he is the only one and all he wants to do is find his lost brother! Throw in the dreamlike paranoia with the artistic creative side of this directors works and you got GOZU! gozu meaning cow head's got some real memorable scenes that yourll be feeling sick to or laughing about or just plain remembering at random points in the day for a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miike off the deep end. November 8, 2005
Gozu (Takashi Miike, 2003)

Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Takashi Miike has a vision all his own. It's possible that Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu (literally translated, "gozu" means "bull-head") is the ultimate expression of that vision, for here Miike is taking his V-cinema Yakuza-thriller roots and combining them with the outright weirdness that has informed his later work.

Teaming up once again with screenwriter Sakichi Sato (Ichi the Killer), Miike delivers a tale of a Yakuza underling who is tasked with taking his insane superior to a "Yakuza dump" in Nagoya and have him killed. The underling, Minami (Hideki Sone, who'd previously teamed with Miike in the Jingi Naki Yabo series of V-cinema flicks), still holds a great deal of respect for his superior, Ozaki (longtime Miike collaborator Sho Aikawa), who saved his life on a number of occasions, and Minami is torn as to what to do. All this is a moot point, however; while trying to save Ozaki from one of his eccentricities, Minami accidentally kills Ozaki. Minami stops at a very strange cafe to try and get his head togeher. When he looks out the window at his car, however, he sees that Ozaki's body has disappeared. The bulk of the film details Minami's search to find Ozaki and see if he truly is dead.

Miike's work is often compared to that of David Lynch, and in many cases it has often seemed to me that the reason for doing so is laziness more than anything else; "David Lynch" is simply the first name that springs to mind when anyone is confronted with transgressive cinema. (I'll revise that statement if and when Lynch makes anything as thoroughly off the wall as, say, Visitor Q.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cow Demons Are Awesome January 15, 2005
Like most of Takashi Miike's films, 'Gozu' is tough to watch. There are scenes here that are just hard to look at without scrunching your face up in shock/disguist(i.e. the dog at the beginning of the film, the lactation scene, the adult birth at the end, etc.). The film is slowly paced with sparse dialogue, filled with strange imagery, random scenes and oddly disturbing characters(i.e. ladle man, and the possibly retarded guy who keeps talking about the weather). In a nutshell, and for lack of better words, this film is truly repugnant.

I'm not really sure how to explain the film. I think it is better to go in knowing nothing and be amazed and/or disturbed by the many goings ons. This is not for the weak stomached. This is not for action movie lovers. I really don't know who this movie is for.

Miike is an amazing director. His films need to be seen because he is doing things today that no filmmaker anywhere in the world would even think of doing and he's doing them in a way that no one could or would even dare to. He's pushing the envelope in a time when very few filmmakers are. And 'Gozu' is probably the furthest he's ever pushed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Must see for Takashii Miike Fans.
Published 2 months ago by Michael T. Whitman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
One of these days I'll learn my lesson. I need to stop buying these weird movies.
Published 3 months ago by Foul Pet
3.0 out of 5 stars weird dream like movie
Well Gozu,its strange,pretty well done but some of the special effects are a bit shady but their are kind of funny. Read more
Published 14 months ago by travis gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars A Friend In Need, Is A Friend Indeed
A film of no meaning, no reason, and no explanations. I'm not a fan of these type of films, but BOY, Takashi Miike does a superb job of keeping you glued to the screen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Aria Araya
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest
Funniest offbeat yakuza gangster comedy drama you'll ever see. Riffs on the odyssey and follows the transformation of two gang members' friendship to a relationship to a menage e... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Opah Jorge
3.0 out of 5 stars Gozu
I'm a Miike fan but was disappointed by this DVD. The story line was weak and not as fast moving as most of his other works. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Old Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
Takashi Miike is one of my favorite directors and this is by far his oddest film I've seen. I loved Ichi the Killer and Crows Zero but this was an experience in making you feel... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ElNegroDiablo121
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal
Think 'David Lynch' and 'David Cronenberg'....expect to think between the plot lines. Sexually explicit, so be warned if you are sensitive.
Published 22 months ago by Mother Mac
Published 22 months ago by JAMES CHRISTENSEN JR.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh squeezed!
Animal cruelty,bottled breast-milk, reincarnation, circumcisions,ladling spoon implements, Yakuzas?--must be Miike up to his old tricks again. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by J. O. Booker
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