A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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.
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!
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.
What the fuck?
Well I watched this. Probably one of the best Japanese films I have ever seen. Hilarious and profoundly disturbing. This film demands multiple viewings.
This is a Yakuza attack film, it's trained to attack Yakuza. I must destroy it, before it destroys us. But once you realize it's an allegory for the main character accepting his homosexuality, it's actually quite beautiful, and the horror becomes meaningful.
Like a constant dreamscape, somewhat Lynchian, but far more Miike, never really hitting me with regards to humour except in the most outrageous moments. It's fun + some more great dream sequences.
Jumped out at the hour mark - finding it very tedious. Aims for Lynchian mix of horror and humour, which got me excited fairly early on, but it almost never landed. I keep wanting to call it lazily made, mostly in regards to the sketch-like premises that anchor each scene, each new character another trudging means of layering on some simplistic 'oddity'.
Was expecting something that married the dark and uncomfortable with surreal humour, like Sono's Suicide Club but alas, this one was just a bore.
Hella whack, unpredictable and uncomfortable "yakuza horror" movie with bizarre but great imagery. Strange encounter after strange encounter gives the movie an eerie vibe. Demands a second viewing since it is a little hard to follow, but might suffer for it.
Perhaps one of the greatest masterworks of the 21st century and maybe even my favorite Miike film I've seen thus far (although The Happiness of the Katakuris is still one of my all time favs). This is possibly the greatest surrealistic journey film I've ever seen. It's much more slow burn than I expected even after that spectacular opening scene where a dude kills a dog. It's strange but as it's slowly builds it only gets stranger and just when you think you've seen it all the most batshit insane ending you could possibly imagine happens. I normally don't stare at films mouth agap in total awe but this ending made me jaw drop to the floor. For it's low…
I want to believe that the subtext and/or thematic concerns here are mind-bendingly brilliant and I was just too dumb and/or tired to appreciate it.
But when you have a lady giving birth to a middle-aged yakuza and you are just waiting impatiently for the whole thing to end, something has gone wrong.
"Once I put her in the bath, she recovered."
Like if David Lynch directed a yakuza flick in Japan's equivalent of Twin Peaks, Miike's Gozu sustains the high levels of lactation (weird) of Visitor Q but often channels the verve, humour and energy (oh so welcome) of Ichi. A slippery bugger indeed, it's nigh-on impossible to classify, but if that's not the mark of a true original, then I don't know what is. It's also his most outright creepy film, dipping into the supernatural rather than Audition's paranoid gender politics to great effect.
According to a little gem of wisdom from Woody Allen, Miike is like the best kind of funny: "If it bends, it's funny. If it breaks, it isn't."
And my goodness, is Takashi able to bend.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…