a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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?
A labyrinth where the greatest danger isn't finding the Minotaur, but believing there's a reason for the Minotaur in the first place.
Despite multiple descriptions describing it as so, I'm not sure Miike's Gozu quite qualifies as horror; not sure it quite qualifies in any genre, actually, other than Fucked-Up Miike Joint. It's more of an unsettling surrealist lark, a film terrifying much in the same way Pee-Wee's Playhouse frightened the living shit out of me as a kid (and an adult, to be honest), where weird people do weird things without the slightest goddamned inkling as to why, a puzzle where all the pieces are round. Which, for sure, seems to be Miike's bread and butter; the dude can't…
Horrorctober 2016 - Film #10
Was für ein absurd genialer Genremix. In der Mitte der Geschichte wurde ich stark an Lynchs Werke oder auch Silent Hill erinnert, drohte der Film immer weiter in die Hölle abzusteigen, und dann gleicht die Geschichte hin und wieder einem Softporno, bis diese am Ende ins Groteske abdriftet.
Dabei bleibt alles so ruhig und bedacht, erzählt von Illusionen und Geistern, Bildern und Interpretationen, dass es eine Freude ist. Ich stehe auf asiatischen Geisterhorror. Auch, wenn das hier ein wenig zu drüber ist. Ich mag Gozu, er ist für mich bisher das Hghlight des Horrorctober 2016 und ich bin froh darüber gestolpert zu sein.
The laziest and most hackneyed tendency when writing about film is to compare a weird movie to David Lynch, but this is indeed very much in the same vein as Lynch’s best work while also remaining its own beast. I would be hard-pressed to come up with a rational justification of all the bizarre elements (including - but not limited to - an adult birth, a man with a cow's head, talking genitals, and a copious amount of breastmilk), but perhaps that’s just because I haven’t cracked the code yet. It’s also possible (and more likely) that Miike is just having fun, launching the viewer into a confuzzling brew of weirdness from which there is no escape until the final fadeout.
My video store clerk described this as Takashi Miike's Mulholland Drive. Sold!
Not the weirdest movie I've ever seen, but that's only because I've also seen Miike's Visitor Q.
am i the only one who finds this film immensely depressing? tough watch
No es una película para verla en una primera cita ni nada parecido, es muy enferma y repugnante, para los que gustan de ver cosas desagradables y morbo. A mi me gustó.
31 Horror Films in October --> 10. Gozu: Funny, hypnotic, and disgusting. Part David Lynch, part yakuza film, part Scorcese's After Hours, Takashi Miike throws it all out there for one bizarre trip.
It never ceases to amaze me what he can do with a limited budget - taking simple setups, employing creativity, and pulling off atmosphere and spectacle in ways so many other directors never come close to.
A film that is drenched with oddity and balls to the wall freak out moments, it is surprisingly slow paced, given its reputation. But Gozu builds up and up until it it explodes and then goes on to be even more weird. I admit, I LOVED the opening. The weird vhs playing. The poor dog. I don't know why i laughed as hard as I did, but holy heck it was great.
The rest of the movie continues the atmosphere that is filled with uneasy dread and dark humor. Miike, being how his direction usually is. fills Gozu with an extravagant amount of gross humor it becomes unsettling. I like gross things sometimes, but mainly if there is a general…
really insane surrealist film, lots of fun.
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