Gozu

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At a yakuza gathering, Ozaki (Shô Aikawa of the Dead or Alive films) unsettles the boss (Renji Ishibashi) when he claims a small dog outside the restaurant is a "yakuza attack dog" and viciously smashes it to death. Minami (Hideki Sone) is assigned to drive the apparently unstable Ozaki to a remote location and kill him. Minami considers Ozaki a "brother," and feels ambivalent about this assignment. After several odd incidents on the road, Minami ends up in the small town of Nagoya, where things get even odder. ...
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At a yakuza gathering, Ozaki (Shô Aikawa of the Dead or Alive films) unsettles the boss (Renji Ishibashi) when he claims a small dog outside the restaurant is a "yakuza attack dog" and viciously smashes it to death. Minami (Hideki Sone) is assigned to drive the apparently unstable Ozaki to a remote location and kill him. Minami considers Ozaki a "brother," and feels ambivalent about this assignment. After several odd incidents on the road, Minami ends up in the small town of Nagoya, where things get even odder. Unable to get a signal on his cellular, Minami goes into a restaurant to use the phone, and Ozaki, whom he thought to be unconscious, promptly vanishes. When Minami finally contacts the boss, he's told to get in touch with the local Shiroyama crew. Minami doesn't know his way around, and the weird locals seem more interested in animated, interminable arguments about the weather than in helping him find his way. Eventually he runs into Nose (Shôhei Hino), who seems relatively sane, and offers to help him find Ozaki. Minami spends the night at an inn, where the innkeeper (Keiko Tomita) possesses a strange lactating power (which she's eager to demonstrate), and mistreats her mentally challenged employee (Harumi Sone). After another frustrating day searching for Ozaki, during which he encounters the decrepit Shiroyama crew, Minami finds a note from his "brother," and travels to the town dump to meet him, only to find Ozaki (now played by Kimika Yoshino) in a transformed state. Gozu was directed by the prolific Takashi Miike from a script by Sakichi Satô, who also wrote the script for Miike's Ichi the Killer.
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Special Features

16x9 anamorphic video transfer; Letterboxed; Audio commentary with film critics Andy Klein and Wade Major; Interview with Takashi Miike featuring directors Guillermo Del Toro ("Hellboy") and Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever"); Making-of featurette; Still gallery; US and Japanese trailers; Biographies; On/off subtitles; Film notes by author Tom Mes; Gozu title theme song
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Takashi Miike is a master of body horror and squirm-inducing sexual weirdness, as he's taken many opportunities to demonstrate. He's also a filmmaker capable of great wit and the cogent dissemination of actual ideas. For those who can withstand the visceral terror of the torture scenes in Audition, there is the reward of seeing an intelligent filmmaker using and subverting genre filmmaking techniques to explore an ugly facet of his culture. Gozu has its memorable moments, certainly, and is not the off-the-wall barrage of weirdness for its own sake to which Miike's work occasionally descends. It doesn't quite cohere, and its story and tone owe too much to Oliver Stone's U-Turn and David Lynch's work, but Miike has a knack for tapping into deep-seated cultural anxieties, particularly male sexual anxiety, that few filmmakers can match. Gozu starts off as a goofily offbeat yakuza story. The buildup is actually less banal and more bizarrely eventful than the romantic drama trappings that set up Audition, and while the payoff is doesn't have the same brutal logic as in the earlier film, it is equal in the visceral way it sears itself into one's brain. There are odd bits and borrowings in Gozu, like the cue-card-reading woman and the yakuza boss' sexual obsession, and the bizarre relationship of the innkeeper and her brother, that could have been invented by some other filmmaker, but the climactic birth scene, perhaps the most disturbingly graphic in the history of cinema, is Miike's and Miike's alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 825307911497
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hideki Sone Minami
Sho Aikawa Ozaki
Kimika Yoshino Female Ozaki
Shohei Hino Nose
Keiko Tomita Innkeeper
Harumi Sone Inkeeper's brother
Ryo Ishibashi Boss
Technical Credits
Takashi Miike Director
Koji Endo Score Composer
Akira Ishige Production Designer
Kana Koido Producer
Tatsuya Mukai Producer
Misako Saka Producer
Sakichi Sato Screenwriter
Yasushi Shimamura Editor
Harumi Sone Producer
Kazunari Tanaka Cinematographer
Hitoshi Tsurumaki Sound/Sound Designer
Hiroshi Tsurumaki Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Yakuza Attack Dog [5:31]
2. To Nagoya [4:05]
3. Yakuza Attack Car [3:48]
4. Dead Cold Aniki [2:39]
5. Public Telephone [3:29]
6. Coffee and Chicken Custard [2:59]
7. Disappearance [3:56]
8. The Shiroyama Clan? [2:17]
9. White Face Man [2:48]
10. We Are Alike [2:31]
11. Riddle [3:26]
12. Masakazu Inn [6:28]
13. Wash Your Back? [3:04]
14. It's a Service [2:15]
15. Crotchless Panties [4:30]
16. Nose-Chi [5:18]
17. Service Is Our Motto [6:22]
18. He's Been Dead... [3:56]
19. Rice Store [2:28]
20. Liquor Store [1:51]
21. Milk Factory [6:44]
22. Gozu [6:11]
23. Dumping Ground [3:59]
24. Woman Ozaki [2:04]
25. Temptation [4:04]
26. Torada's Daughter [6:16]
27. Ladle [5:22]
28. I'm Ready [8:01]
29. Rebirth [5:28]
30. In a Bath Tub [4:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selections
   Special Features
      Film Essay
      Interview
         With Film Critic Wade Major
         With Film Critic Andy Klein
         Round Table With Directors Eli Roth and Guillermo Del Toro
      Production Featurette
      Trailers
         US Theatrical Trailer
         Japanese Trailer
      Biographies
         Takashi Miike
         Sho Aikawa
         Hideki Sone
         Kimika Yoshino
         Renji Ishibashi
         Harumi Sone
      Still Gallery
      Title Theme Song
         Play Theme Song
   Subtitles Setup
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Audio Commentary
      Audio Commentary by Film Critics Andy Klein and Wade Major: On
      Audio Commentary by Film Critics Andy Klein and Wade Major: Off
   Production Credits/Trailers
      Master of the Flying Guillotine
      Andromedia
      The Monster Club
      Ju-Rei
      Yakuza Demon
      Hera Purple Devil Goddess
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