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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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  • Actors: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Keiko Tomita
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Sakichi Satô
  • Producers: Harumi Sone, Kanako Koido
  • 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z7RNG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gozu" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

This is one of my favorite movies ever, and definitely the best work famed director, Takashi Miike, has ever made.
Amazon Customer
It's somewhat astonishing: "Gozu" may very well be Miike's most sensual and most philosophical film, bordering on sheer tactile perfection.
Dark Mechanicus JSG
Yet the one thing about this film is it may not make sense, it may even gross you out but it most certianly isn't boring.
bowery boy

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on April 8, 2005
Format: DVD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janice Wells-lipton on February 4, 2005
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 8, 2005
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Kicker on January 15, 2005
Format: DVD
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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