REVIEWED
3/7/06

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Gozu
Director: Takashi Miike
Year: 2003
TRT: 2:09


Leave it to Miike to create one of the most oddly bizarre visions caught on film. This takes weirdsville to the next level. Fuck David Lynch's Twin Peaks, this makes that town seem like, well, whatever the hell happy-crappy city the Brady Bunch lived in. Trust me, Miike is that schizo. Don't believe me? See for yourself. I Dare you.

After proving himself to be a little off-balance, Yakuza boss Ozaki (aka Brother) is basically written off by the Chairman. Minami, a member of the crew and highly respectful of Brother, is forced to drive him out to Nagoya for what can only mean death for Brother. But Minami ends up losing Brother right before reaching their destination, and is thrown into a surreal world of strange locals, mother's milk, and a cow-headed person.

There's some pretty serious shit going on here. Odd taboos with a fantastic-like exposition. What exactly Miike's working from is anybody's guess (or at least a better knowledge of Japanese mythology). Pacing is a bit slow, and some of the cinematography isn't quite top-notch (but with this material, it really doesn't matter). Though it has an occasional moment of dark humor thrown in, this is not for the weak. If you want a good introduction to Miike, try Audition first. Starts off way more traditional with the Miike-burn of an ending to dislodge even the most hard-core of fans.

Great Scenes: Starts off with some odd black humor, taking on a Chihuahua that is an alleged killer. Pulling off one of the most disturbing birthing sequences I've ever seen.

DVD Notes: Pretty extensive DVD put out by Pathfinder Pictures, though its formatting may not work perfectly in all players. I had to force the 4x3 formatting on my DVD player to see the properly cropped picture. There's plenty of Special Features to peruse including a Film Essay, round-table discussions including Eli Roth and Guillermo Del Toro, a production featurette, biographies, still gallery, and audio commentary by film critics Andy Klein and Wade Majors, all to help understand this disturbing little film that much better.