Movies that are slightly off.
Minami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he decides to take a rest. Not only are the front desk clerks a bit strange, but even the ambiance feels unusual. Minami soon realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.
GOZU opens with one of my favorite scenes ever and then continues down a nightmarish road that only Takashi Miike could pave. Where does this road lead? I could tell you, but I'd have to lick your ear for a little while. That's just how this movie rolls.
This film, to me, feels like a Japanese version of 'Alice in Wonderland' that was written, directed, and edited by currently institutionalized minotaurs. Here's the plot: Takashi Miike goes insane and jerks off all over the screen for two hours. And it's completely horrifying and hypnotic and beautiful and wut. The best kind of wut.
P.S. Don't watch this unless you want to see an elderly Japanese woman lactate profusely. I personally love that kind of stuff, but hey, it's not for everyone.
Gestating deep in the pits of a Minotaur's bowels, Gozu's narrative erupts from the insides of a sidewalk-spiked chihuahua, strewn across the shop window as insanity itself glares daggers through the blood into your soul.
Slapstick comedy sprinkled throughout as Minami traverses through the spirit underworld of Nagoya looking for his yakuza brother, Ozaki. Cross-dressing coffee shop owners with complimentary chicken custard as a silver track suit wearing man repeats the same line of dialogue over a telephone receiver. Bones of the disposed yakuza causing flat tires. Elderly women lactating. Minotaurs as schlubs, licking faces and delivering packages. All of these things set to the music of various stringed instruments being tortured by bawling babies.
Perhaps the most disturbing reincarnation/rebirth ever.
A hallucinatory fever dream of disquieting imagery as one strolls through the world of the dead, compelling and unnerving.
Grow some balls Hollywood and remake this one.
Having not seen Gozu in some years, I'm pleased that it remains one of my favourite Miike films. Gozu achieves something few films can pull off - it's both funny and terrifying at the same time. I don't mean it's funny in some scenes, and terrifying in others. No. With each viewing, Gozu manages to get under my skin while making me laugh. An unpredictable and insane ride, this is a definite Miike masterpiece.
If you want an interesting experience you should try watching Ponyo and Gozu back to back.
''Your wiener looks like Frankenstein's.''
I'm quite the fan of Mr. Miike, and whilst this is a little uneven with some flat spots and a central role that could have been a little more charismatic, I dug the hell out of this crazy surrealist ride!
Two parts Miike, one part Lynch (the diner scene is Lynchian as hell!) and top it all off with a climax that would make Cronenberg proud, and you have another Miike gem that would sit comfortably on a shelf next to Ichi The Killer and Audition.
Be warned: You will never look at a soup ladle in the same way again!
What the fuck?
Quite the farce.
Desisti no meio por estar bebado
A total head masher of a movie. Even though I watched it a couple of times, I'm still trying to work out the story. The final 10 minutes has to be seen to be believed. Not Miike's best, but his films are always watchable.
Takashi Miikes undisputed masterpiece! 100 % japanese craziness with a little touch of David Lynch makes the way for one of the most disturbing and fantastic grande finales of all time! A must see!
What I love about Takashi Miike's films just feels missing in Gozu. Considering the fact I've never been one to call any of Takashi Miike's efforts as a filmmaker "bad" by any means, Gozu, while not at all a bad film, just failed to leave me impressed. Takashi Miike efforts are not always the easiest to describe just for the oddness to the overall nature (films like Visitor Q or The Happiness of the Katakuris can already hint to that), something about watching Gozu just never really clicked with me.
Takashi Miike is known for taking the content of some of his films all the way down to extremes as shown in films like Audition or Ichi the Killer, and…
I've been meaning to revisit this for years and I'm glad I did as it's a far better film than I remember. It's dark,hypnotic and often horrifying but with some dark humour thrown into the mix.
I'm still not sure whether I fully 'get it' but I love it purely for what it puts in front of me.
WHAT WAS THAT ENDING
While the content feels in line with most of Miike's more extreme films, the actual filmmaking here feels much more restrained than I have previously seen from him. There is a clear, dream-like quality to this movie, which even seems to edge into magical realism. In some ways I was reminded of the work of author Haruki Murakami while watching Gozu: the slow descent into insanity, characters taking different forms and even the strange focus on food.
As twisted as the film can be at times, it still has a very subtle sense of humor. Hideki Sone in the lead role is serviceable but slightly wooden. I was happy to see actors such as Kenichi Endō and Show Aikawa, even…
Hell yes, Miike, you beautiful bastard. Hell yes.
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