Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gozu (2003)

Director: Takashi Miike

Starring: Yuta Sone, Sho Aikawa, Kamika Yoshino

Run time: 2:09

Rant: Gozu is a fucking nightmare. It's like the uglier, creepier, Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland. Ozaki is a yakuza gangster. He's batshit crazy. Minami is his brother and also a member of the yakuza. Thier boss orders Minami to bump off Ozaki but when they're on their way to where Minami is supposed to do the hit, Ozaki goes missing. What follows is fucking chaos. Nothing too violent or gross happens until later on in the movie. Up until then it's just fucking weird.

Minami just goes around this strange town where all this goofy shit takes place. There's a diner filled with men dressed like women who can't stop talking about the fucking weather. There's this guy called Mr. Nose who has half of his face painted white. He tries to help Minami but he's pretty much useless. There's a brother and sister who sell the sister's breast milk and try to summon spirits. There's almost too much weirdness to comment on. You just have to see this movie for yourself.

I can't tell if Minami is supposed to be losing his mind or if he's supposed to be having a nightmare or if he's supposed to be in hell. All three would apply. The more that I think about it, all three would apply at the same time. The ending is just horrifying and gross. Gozu is a fucked up awful horror movie but you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen.

Fun Fact: Gozu is Japanese for "cow's head."

Terrible Line: "So that's what a circumcision does... your wiener looks just like Frankenstein's."

Rating:
             Horror Film: 7.5
             Entertainment: 7.5
             Suspense: 8
             Overall: 7.6

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