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Gozu (Gokud˘ ky˘fu dai-gekij˘: Gozu) Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A film that parlays the hoary clichÚs of the yakuza film into a stunningly surrealistic exercise in cinematic madness.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 29, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

I don't object to the oddities that Miike's populated his film with; no, the reason Gozu fails is because it's a bore, plain and simple.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

August 21, 2004
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Gozu has an occasional fever dream lucidity scene to scene, but the film's willfully weird parts also never coalesce into something grander.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C-

August 16, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Fans of Yakuza horror movies finally get their day.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

August 16, 2004
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Cult director Miike crosses "Weekend at Bernie's" with "U-Turn" as if he arrived via David Lynch's "Lost Highway" to come up with his latest bit of boundary-bashing

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

August 14, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Not your average midnight movie but something more hermetic.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2004
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

This is the strongest stuff for film extremists who've just gotta have it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2004
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Miike is quite a find, especially since Lynch ... has slowed down in recent years.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 13, 2004

E! Online

Miike is a master of this duality, a Japanese David Lynch who dares you to enter his world. And it gets stranger all the time.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: A

August 13, 2004
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... perhaps the weirdest yakuza drama ever made ...

August 13, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Miike is sometimes ill-served by his scripts, but here screenwriter Sakichi Sato never flags, coming up with one gloriously grotesque incident after another.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2004
David Chute
L.A. Weekly
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The various disruptions Miike visits upon his stories, and upon his audience, serve mainly to focus attention on the manipulating intelligence behind the scenes. They're a fancy way of yelling, 'Look at me!'

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 12, 2004
Don Willmott

For Miike fans, Gozu is a go-see, but Miike newbies will get a better feel for his one-of-a-kind imagination from any of his other films.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 10, 2004
Jamie Russell

A one-way ticket to Weirdsville, it occasionally ambles into cul-de-sacs of its own making, but ultimately proves that Miike is one of the most consistently innovative and unpredictable directors in the world.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2004
Jeremy Knox
Film Threat

This is Takashi Miike doing David Lynch, and as he's shown before, the man is a genius. He surpasses Lynch in pure weirdness while retaining a certain inner logic to the proceedings.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

August 10, 2004
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Featuring an incomprehensible plot and some of the grossest scenes in recent memory, Gozu is nothing if not original. Whether anyone will care is another matter entirely.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

The overtly cerebral, surreal motifs of Gozu distract from Miike's potent -- and seriously twisted -- analyses of women and sex.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 8, 2004
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Very slow in spots, with Miike saving it all up for his big finale, which I dare not speak of lest the nightmares return.

August 7, 2004
Spence D.
IGN Movies

...underneath the freaky veneer lurks a film that exposes the true nature of friendship, loyalty, and just how far somebody will go to exact their just revenge.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The hallucinatory shock opera builds to a climax that will widen even the most jaded eyes.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 5, 2004
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