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?
Only thing I can think to say about this film is 'What the fuck did I just watch?!'
“Gokudô Kyôfu Dai-Gekijô: Gozu” (which translates as Yakuza Horror Theatre: Cow's Head) from writer Sakichi Sato and prolific director Takashi Miike is an unfathomably surreal and bizarre amalgam of the yakuza and horror genres. When yakuza Ozaki (Sho Aikawa) begins behaving oddly (the final straw being his interruption of a meeting by declaring that a diminutive Chihuahua is a yakuza killer and stomping the wee dog) the boss of the Azamawari clan orders his assassination. He gives the task to Ozaki’s underling Minami (Hideki Sone) ordering him to kill Ozaki and take his body to a yakuza disposal dump at Nagoya. On the way to the dump Minami accidentally kills Ozaki and when he stops in a small town restaurant…
GOZU is a Yakuza comedy that ranges from broad slapstick (the antics of a crazy Yakuza member) to a subtle hum (many instances of dialogue in town) that will probably be missed by some viewers. The “story” centers on Minami a young gangster who is given the task of taking an insane Yakuza elder (Brother) out of town to be killed. However, when Brother disappears after a stop in a small town things get weird. David Lynch weird, or to the initiated, Takashi Miike weird.
GOZU’s mix of humor and Lyncian atmosphere make it hard to decipher, but if you give yourself to the film and let it take you where it wants to go, you’ll enjoy a cinematic ride…
I didn't know Givenchy made crotchless panties but the hole sure serves a big purpose.
this is one of Takashi Miike's weirdest... and that's saying too much
"Everything I'm about to tell you is a joke. Don't take it seriously." - Ozaki
Clocking in at 130 minutes (uncut), "Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô" is absurd and teeters precariously between shocking, preposterous and risible. No matter how hard I tried, this pilgrim was unable to decipher or even come close to manage to make the screenplay accessible and the bizarre visuals that Takashi Miike has the audacity to put on-screen. But who am I to question Miike's audacity, it is one of those things that make him what he is.
To say it is surreal would be an understatement. "Gozu" is a fucking out of control basket case, which by showing an extremely overwrought exchange between a Minotaur and Minami…
shouts out to takashi miike's terrifying use of breastmilk
The film that is most accurate to my own gender identity and sexuality. 10/10, five stars, cannot recommend enough.
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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