Gozu (2003)

Minami, a young yakuza, is asked by his gang boss to kill Ozaki, a soldier within the organization who has become a liability, but who once saved Minami's life. The resulting crisis of loyalty plunges Minami into a new and unfamiliar… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Miike continues his run of compellingly bizarre flicks.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

An undisciplined mess.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There is something compelling about the way this film sneakily taps into our collective psychosexual fantasies.

Sarah Boslaugh

Gozu takes you on a very strange psychosexual journey, which is all the more disturbing because it takes place in completely ordinary surroundings...

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Plays like the rantings of a madman, but a pretty entertaining madman.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Makes little sense on paper. As a film, however, it somehow feels richly, hilariously real, even -- at its most bizarre -- familiar.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Many times it's just a rambling and incoherent mess without a point in sight...

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

For Miike freaks only (and you know who you are). Everyone else: Stay far, far away.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

I don't think this is quite the film with which to begin a Miike investigation.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Beat's back, with another Yakuza flick under his (black?) belt.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Watching Gozu reminded me a lot of Eraserhead in that both films nearly abandon plot all together to make way for their respective bizarre scenes and… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Miike shows how skillfull and inventive he can be with Gozu, a bizarre hybrid of horror and yakuza flicks. This is not a "japanese lynch flick"… More
Ariuza koraw
Takashi Miike is a very strange man - I think there's sufficient evidence of that fact that I need not justify it further. So if I tell you that GOZU is… More
Arash Xak
A nightmarish joke? or a parody of Lynch-ish movies? , Well not as great as Lynch's multi-layered nightmares but still pretty interesting
Greg S
A conflicted yakuza is ordered by his superiors to dispose of his immediate boss, who's gone insane, but when the body disappears in a strange town outside… More
Saskia D.
One of the strangest movies I've ever seen, a bit slow sometimes. I liked the dialogue -pretty weird- it requires a special taste haha. It's pretty… More