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Gozu [DVD] [2003]

Hideki Sone , Sho Aikawa , Takashi Miike    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hideki Sone, Sho Aikawa, Kimaka Yoshino, Shohei Hino, Keiko Tomita
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Producers: Harumi Sone, Kana Koido
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YCYA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,592 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another surreal and outré film by maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike. When senior yakuza Ozaki (Sho Aikawa) starts to behave in an increasingly peculiar manner, his superiors start getting worried, and order Ozaki's immediate underling Minami (Hideki Sone) to get rid of him. On the way to the yakuza disposal dump, Minami, nervous about the job ahead of him, hits the brakes too hard and kills Ozaki completely by accident. After he stops to find a telephone to report the incident to his boss, he returns to the car to find that Ozaki's body has vanished. So begins a desperate and increasingly un-hinged search that takes in a bizarre array of eccentric and deranged suburbanites, each of whom seems to reflect some weird, dark aspect of Minami's complex and troubled personality.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Below the belt! 1 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
Ah, Miike, he never lets us down. Just when you've become accustomed to 'Gozu', accepted its tangential, Lynchian dynamics, its nostalgical, instamatic washed-out visuals, its gold and silver lamé quirkiness -- Miike hits you with a super low blow right at the end, leaving you reeling and wanting to watch the whole thing again, knowing it will seem completely different second time around.For most of its length, though, 'Gozu' is Miike-Lite: curiously innocent and affable yakuzas, bizarre supporting characters (a trio of transvestite coffee shop owners, a prodigiously-lactacting middle-aged hoteliere, and the drooling bovine stranger of the title -- 'Gozu' = 'cow-head'), occasional and oddly bloodless acts of Young Ones-style violence. There's some delicious comic acting and the aforementioned photography -- everything looks stained with nicotine, or maybe urine -- produces some stunning urban landscapes. And then, just when you thought this was Miike on autopilot'But I won't spoil it. This is as good a place as any to start with the great man's work, and though initially more palatable than many of his films, like all the best ones it takes some time to digest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cow-Head 27 May 2005
Format:DVD
I am now slowly building a collection of Miike films, audition, visitor q, Ichi the killer, MPD Psycho each I enjoy more than the last. Then I get Gozu. Wow! each film I see just seems to get better an intriguing plot line. It may seem slow but I just found the pace kept me hanging on for the next obscure character object placement or plot-twist. In one of the other reviews a comment is made about other Miike films have some social commentary on Japan and this film does not. Not true. This film more so than some others. The commentary is there you just need to be patient and look for it. The humour when there is hilarious, with the Yakuza attack dog. one of the funniest things I ever saw. It can be heavy going. but wholesomely rewarding. I cant wait to show my girlfriend the end sequence it will put her off child birth for life %^). Overall a great Miike twisted plot line too much to explain in a tiny review, just watch it. (I watched the unrated version but I dont think there are any cuts on the UK version anyway)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning genius 3 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
It is quite possible that films by Takashi Miike are an acquired taste but for many, it is quite easy to love his bizarre, surreal worlds. Gozu is a typical Miike film and without a doubt THE most brilliantly obscure film I've ever watched.

It starts quite funny with talk of the Yakuza attack dog but it's the kind of black humour that has you laughing and also quite disturbed. I could not recommend this film to the feint of heart although it is not all blood and guts like, say, Ichi the Killer. The story is quite simplistic and in fact for the most part completely absent, the film's deranged and incredibly unsettling events leave the plot so far behind it becomes obsolete. This does not affect the overall quality of the film nor does it begin to feel loose or pointless. The film traps you in an adventure and lures you into a world that both shocks you and makes you insanely interested. Never before have I been able to describe watching a film as: "an experience" but that is exactly what Gozu was for me.

I do feel however that Gozu feels less like a feature film. It doesn't have the feel of a large, dramatic project and its low budget does leave it feeling ever so slightly less professional than Miike's other works like `Audition' or `Ichi the Killer'. This presents the film with a feeling much more, for lack of better words: `personal' than others, which suits Gozu just fine. The film moves quite slowly with little intense action, bar the heart-stopping insane events dotted throughout, and thus Gozu is quite hard to watch twice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and awsome! 25 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
This is a film that you need to watch a few times to understand it. It's basically like a Japanese David Lynch film if not more confusing! It can be rather dull at the beginning but believe me, it builds up!! There are points of comedy and there is points where your jaw will drop and you just think "WHAT?!!?!?!?!" This is a film you should watch when you have a free evening as you can just sit and get lost in it. Hope this was useful =o)
(You wont be able to look at ladels the same way ever again!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Without wanting to spoil it for you, the basic plot of this film can be transcribed in a single sentence, and it goes a little something like this (skip ahead if you must); a Yakuza henchman struggles with his latent homosexuality, guilt and desire, when he is required by his boss to "dispose" of his mentally unstable brother in arms; a best-friend and mentor-like figure that he is, quite naturally, deeply attracted to. That's the plot stripped down to it's purest of purest forms.

Now, the reason why such a description won't spoil the film for you is simply because Miike, as a director, takes the story in so many continually contrasting and self-consciously abstract directions that eventually, we, as an audience, cannot even BEGIN to comprehend any semblance of the original plot from the seemingly endless barrage of repeatedly warped visions, uncomfortable scenarios and bursts of disarming black comedy. Many viewers have drawn parallels with the work of David Lynch, which is understandable, but for me misses the mark slightly. If anything the film seems almost like Miike channelling the spirit of his friend and contemporary Shinya Tsukamoto, whilst further referencing the desolate freak show of Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the detached poetry and stranger in a strange land mentality of the off-beat Jim Jarmusch-directed western Dead Man, along with the vivid distortions, drug-fuelled hallucinations and fevered homoerotic psychobabble of David Croneberg's adaptation of Burroughs' Naked Lunch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Keeps you glued to the screen not only for the action but also the great soundtrack - all so weird but well worth the watch.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Norman Bright
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for the gruesome weirdness to unfold
Much like Audition, Gozu is another Takashi Miike slow burner, that ostensibly begins life on a quite different path to the one it eventually follows. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. James Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Sane
This film is simply mad.

Its what would happen if Visitor Q, Dead or alive & Twin Peacks had a child. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2010 by Sean Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars I... The... It... But... Just... Just... Bizarre!!!
What an odd film. What a very, very odd film. It's not often I'm lost for words, but this time...well... it... I... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by The Truth
1.0 out of 5 stars His worst film
Takashi Miike is certainly prolific. He has made a few great films (Audition, Graveyard of Honor, Ley Lines) and most of his other films have something to recommend them. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Leeam
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic, homosexual psychodrama.
Without wanting to spoil it for you, the basic plot of this film can be transcribed in a single sentence, and it goes a little something like this (skip ahead if you must); a... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2007 by Jonathan James Romley
1.0 out of 5 stars deeply disappointing.....
I've been a big fan of Miike's previous work, I thought Audition and Dead Or Alive were incredible, and I think he's one of the most interesting Japanese directors working today,... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars utter madness
Being a fan of Takashi Miike films i couldn't wait to see this and i was not disapointed.
This is, quite simply, a master class in surrealism. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2004 by whoisjeffrey
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