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Another splatterfest from Takashi Miike

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Reluctant hero Minami is a Yakuza charged with executing his yakuza friend Ozaki (Aikawa). After Minami accidentally completes his task, Okazi's body disappears, prompting a journey to recover it that's punctured by Miike's trademark weirdness.

If Ichi The Killer stressed the extreme nature of Takashi Miike's cinematic sensibility, Gozu hammers it home - with a blood-spattered mallet. Miike splices the yakuza genre with horror, and the result is a narrative as hard to decipher as hieroglyphics - a bizarre blend of a skewed Oedipal complex, homosexuality, misogyny and, in particular, a dislike of childbirth.

Thankfully, the twisted tale is tempered by Miike's vivid backdrop, the highlight being the death of Minami's yakuza boss, involving a ladle inserted somewhere dark and unpleasant.

In its effort to be extreme at every turn, it's not too concerned with things like 'plot' or 'making sense'. It is nonetheless, good, dirty fun.

Reviewed by Will Lawrence

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this is not good watch ichi the killer or audition in stead of this ... More

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Posted by casino at 21:07, 18 January 2007 | Report This Post

Love it (minor spoiler perhaps)

I LOVE this film. Its stupid, beguiling, confusing, compelling and brilliant. The actual Gozu scene (Gozu = Cowhead) is brilliant in its construction, then you have a simple, dark and unsettling soundtrack, not to mention the rebirth scene, which is something else, all in all, classic Miike and well worth seeing. Fuck Yeah! ... More

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Posted by Sinfonic at 01:18, 28 July 2006 | Report This Post


Starts off seemingly straight forward enough,Ozaki's unpredictable behaviour as shown in the startling opening scene has his superiors sufficiently worried that they decide to have him killed.The job is given to his devoted henchman Minami who while driving Ozaki out to a spot to kill him completes his job accidently,he brakes suddenly and Ozaki slams his head into the front seat and dies.Minami then goes to find a phone but when he returns Ozaki's body is gone. From here on the film becomes ... More

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Posted by Jasiri at 14:32, 03 July 2006 | Report This Post

Nearly as weird as Lynch

This film is absolutely bizarre and puzzling plus the characters are off the wall and very perverse. I found it quite funny near the start and middle where so much crazy stuff happens. This is definetly one to watch. ... More

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Posted by OMGWTFBBQ at 21:58, 02 July 2006 | Report This Post


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