Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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.
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.
''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?
When this movie was recommended to me, the words they used was, "it's a horror movie" and "it's pretty sick. When I saw the cover for this film, I immediately thought that this was going to be a cheap slasher grindhouse flick. I definitely didn't expect this to be an immersive, ambient horror that makes you feel like you are in some bad LSD trip.
Almost from the very beginning of the movie, everything feels surreal and creepy, and when the main character accidentally kills the yakuza and his body disappears, the atmosphere just takes a dive into the Twilight Zone (so to speak). Although I'm not a big fan of horror, an immersive and scary ambiance is always something I enjoy (much like Silent Hill or similar games/movies) and I really appreciate the fact that this film had no jump-scares. Cheap tricks like that really ruin my mood.
5/5 for me.
Miike-San on Bizzaro Mode. This one takes you on a disturbing ride and never lets you go until the final frames. Equal parts comedy,it is also horrifying and gross in equal measures. Some of the scenes really aroused me. I only wish they chose a better leading man who sadly here is lifeless and the movie has a sluggish pace. Having said this is a must watch movie. Get ready to be stunned!
I more or less got a kick out of the ending (the last ~10 minutes) but for a movie that clearly prides itself on being "weird" this is shockingly boring, and at 2 hours and 10 minutes I have to admit to basically not paying attention at points.
In other news, this was apparently my 11th (I swear I've seen Fudoh even though I can't find evidence in any of my screening logs) Takashi Miike flick, but also the first one I've watched in at least 10 years.
Takashi Miike's conscious attempt to channel the works of David Lynch into his taboo-obliterating, assault-on-the-senses method to filmmaking is undoubtedly his outright weirdest effort (well, at least out of the ones I've seen - he's made nearly a hundred films!!!).
Gozu works like a mixtape of the most sickest, weirdest and most disturbing themes and images that have ever made it into a Miike film (complete with another brain-meltingly fucked up finale). But the actual narrative - about a Yakuza enforcer who loses his erratic brother and goes on a series of misadventures to find him - is relatively simple. But, then again, it also features an anthropomorphic cow...
It's about 40 minutes overlong, evidently self-indulgent and by the time…
If you have kept up at all with Miike's directorial output, you should know now not to expect anything. As he has established with his seemingly endless output of over 80 films in the last three decades, there isn't a genre, style, subject or market he is afraid to tackle or experiment with. Weirdness has always been his forte, but he's always had an outlet for this weirdness. A solid base or concept which he can focus on and mould his insanity around. Visitor Q was a satire on the well-structured family that he just happen to insert some incest, fireworks and breast milk into. Audition was the scorned lover tale he just happen to focus around a gruesome 25…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Right. *rubs hands together* Let’s see if I can make sense of this.
This is a Takeshi Miike film, in which he decided to turn a story about the Yakuza into a fever dream. Minami is the right-hand man of Ozaki, a senior-but-not-too-senior gangster ion Tokyo. Unfortunately, Ozaki has gone loopy, and Minami is given the task of taking Ozaki to a torn called Nagoya, where some people will get rid of the problem permanently. Thanks to Ozaki’s behaviour and the fact he’s not wearing a seatbelt, Ozaki is dead by the time they arrive. Even more unfortunately, Nagoya is the Japanese equivalent of Royston Vasey, with cross-dressing café staff and hotel owners who really want to feed you breast…
Gozu is a well disguised horror (?) movie from Takashi Miike. Beginning as what appears to be a Yakuza movie a man named Ozaki is acting a bit crazy (such as killing a small white dog in the opening minutes). The Yakuza boss then orders another man, Minami, to deliver Ozaki to a garbage dump to assassinate him. But somewhere along the journey Ozaki is lost and Minami ends up at an Inn where some bizarre things happen. In fact the movie gets weirder and weirder after Ozaki disappears. But this movie is a good kind of odd, one that keeps your attention, the kind of odd that makes you wonder what's up next. Of course you couldn't expect for anything less from Takashi Miike.
Well, I can say for certain that you'll never look at crotchless underwear the same way again after watching this movie.
Probably the first Yakuza horror film, definitely the first one I've come across, about a guy who's made to kill his brother after he begins thinking things are going to kill him, but after he loses his Brother, is sent into a strange town and ensues many Twin Peaks-esque scenes that lead to a properly bonkers finale and easily the scariest, more freakish scene of my horror film watching this October.
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