Critics Consensus

Miike continues his run of compellingly bizarre flicks.



Total Count: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 8,589
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Movie Info

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 world.


Critic Reviews for Gozu

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (16)

Audience Reviews for Gozu

  • Nov 21, 2013
    Very surrealistic and I don't even understand what the point of the film really is. Despite not having a plot, it was still quite masterful and intuitive in terms of the filming style. A very strange film to summarize it, very much like Easerhead but less provocative and disturbing.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2013
    An insane Miike film with horror and comedy throughout. Gozu is a crazy train into a strange dementia hell and it is an absolute blast! Another film to prove that Takashi Miike is one of the best directors of our time.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2013
    A surreal trip into the mind of talented Japanese director Takashi Miike, Gozu is bizarre, creepy, and hard to forget. It begins with Minami, a member of the Yakuza, being forced to take his now crazed and paranoid mentor Ozaki far away to be killed. Following an unusual series of events, the two men end up in a town called Nagoya, after which Ozaki mysteriously vanishes from the car and Minami experiences the horrors and oddities of the hellish Nagoya. All the people in coffee shop repeat the same conversation about the weather over and over again, the old woman who owns the local inn not only demonstrates a seemingly sexual interest in Minami but is also proud to show him that she can lactate at will, and best of all there is a cow-man hybrid that gives Minami pornography in the middle of the night before licking his face repeatedly. This may sound like a series of completely strange but arbitrary events, but there is actually a method to Gozu's madness and beneath the strangeness of the plot lies a great deal of symbolism that forms a completely coherent and surprisingly simple story. Given, it's not likely you will catch much of the symbolism on the first viewing because the bizarreness is so entertaining and oftentimes very funny, but it's still nice to know that the things that happen actually do serve a purpose. This is probably a very poor viewing choice for anyone who has never seen a Takashi Miike movie as I imagine the surreal weirdness of it would probably be too much for those people, but if you have seen other Miike movies and you enjoy his eccentricity and sense of humor then Gozu is a worthwhile movie that will have you laughing and cringing on the edge of your seat, often simultaneously.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2012
    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 surrealistic atmosphere. But this isn't classical Dali or Bunuel type surrealism, which focused a lot on style and subverting conventions, this is more of the Jorodowsky variety: start with a blank canvas, disregard narrative logic all together, and let your imagination run wild. Gozu may be the most peculiar and surreal film in Miike's canon. If you know anything about his work, that's saying quite a bit.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer

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