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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Weird. Entertaining but very weird. If you're into this writer/director maybe start with some of his earlier stuff as this one leans toward the bizarre.Published 26 days ago by Mike R.
Takashi Miike, does it again with this Yakuza film.
If you are into bizarre, psychological thrillers, dark humor and disturbing imagery then I highly suggest watching his... Read more
This one is up there wit the top ten. You'll have to follow the internal logic, which doesn't always make sense...Published 1 month ago by RisingSun
One of those strange masterpieces that will undoubtedly split audiences reactions in half. Some will love it while others hate it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Riley Keefe
Although it was free with prime, It wasn't worth watching. In fact I wish I could unsee it.Published 2 months ago by Thomas
You kinda know what to expect from Miike just as much as you don't know what to expect. I won't drop any spoilers but overall another great film by MiikePublished 6 months ago by RealEyesRealizeRealLies
An insane movie in every sense - both visually and psychologically baffling. From what I've heard, this movie was Takashi Miike's love letter to David Lynch movies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wesley A. Morin
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