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  • Summary: From the acclaimed director, Takashi Miike, comes a Yakuza/horror film to shock and amaze audiences everywhere. When Minami is sent to kill his mentor, Ozaki, who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown, he embarks on a journey of unexplained natural phenomenon. (Pathfinder Pictures)
  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Crime
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 129 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jeremy Knox
    100
    Gozu is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a cow's head. If you think that this last statement doesn't make any sense, just watch the movie.
  2. 80
    Splendidly entertaining.
  3. Although most definitely an acquired taste, the David Lynchian Gozu delivers the goods in dripping, gooey gobs.
  4. Reviewed by: Will Lawrence
    60
    If "Ichi The Killer" stressed the extreme natureof Takashi Miike's cinematic sensibility, Gozu hammers it home… with a blood-spattered mallet.
  5. There are some genuinely funny moments amid the gore, but who knew this famously edgy director would find bathroom humor to be such a knee-slapper?
  6. Not until the last 20 minutes does Gozu come fully alive. A man has sex with a seductive beauty, who then gives birth to...well, let's just say it's a sight that may take time to fight its way out of your head.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    0
    Stay far, far away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AndrewS.
    Nov 10, 2006
    10
    Another Miike masterpiece.
  2. Aug 24, 2013
    6
    To say this film is bizarre is to put it extremely mildly; in places, it’s down-right bonkers! However, I did find it strangely compelling, if a little difficult to follow here and there. I’m usually pretty good at following foreign language films; even those with subtitles, but this one just lost me a couple of times. At times it was very violent and it could be also very comic; touching drama and even horrific; it seems to touch many genres. There were some excellent special effects; all practical effects as far as I could see; and some of these were truly stunning (particularly one near the end). Over all though, I did find it a tad over long and a little frustrating to follow (too many metaphors, maybe?). Even so, I will deem it ‘recommended’ for its’ innovative effects and some compelling (if confusing) story telling.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 5.8/10.
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