Gozu

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Released 2003

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Director:
Takashi Miike
Released:
2003
Rating:
R

Gozu is the popular 2003 Japanese horror crime drama from perverse Asian filmmaking master of the sensational Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer, 13 Assassins, Three Extremes, One Missed Call). Minami (Hideki Sone) is a young yakuza who is instructed by his bosses to take his embarrassingly eccentric 'brother', Ozaki (Sh' Aikawa), to the town of Nagoya to be 'disposed of'. Minami reluctantly follows his orders but, before he even arrives at the town, Ozaki is killed in an accident. Minami stops at a restaurant to use the telephone and consider his options, but whilst he is in the restroom, Ozaki's body goes missing. Minami's next couple of days are spent searching for his missing brother who eventually turns up alive and well'as a sexy young woman (Kimika Yoshino). With the new Ozaki now reunited with his underling, the two return to the city to confront their Yakuza boss...

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The film unfolds as if it were a dream in which taboo subconscious urges surface symbolically as in a Dali painting, yet everything takes place in everyday settings.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    Unclassifiable cult figure Takashi Miike's films invariably have their share of weirdness and perversity, but Gozu arguably outweirds all previous efforts in the prolific Japanese ...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mr. Miike is best known in the United States for horror films like "Audition" and "Ichi the Killer." Gozu, for all its extremity, is a more relaxed, less disturbing picture. Its dr...

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Horror

Themes

Foreign Language, Asian Horror