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Gozu (import)

Director(s): Takashi Miike

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Hideki Sone, Sho Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shohei Hino

Genre(s): Horror, Comedy, gangs/mafia/triad/yakuza

Countries: Japan


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Running Time: 130m.

A first-rate genre-bending "yakuza-horror" film from genius director, Takashi Miike. A lowlife yakuza kills a higher-ranking gangster of his group by mistake, and soon starts experiencing weird supernatural phenomenons.



Minami (Hideki Sone) is underling to yakuza Ozaki (Sho Aikawa), a man whose increasingly peculiar behaviour is beginning to worry his superiors. When Ozaki interrupts a gang meeting to voice his concerns that the diminutive Chihuahua staring through the window has been sent to kill them - and he proceeds to take some drastic security measures against the fluffy canine - his boss decides it's best to get rid of him. The task befalls Minami, who is sent out by car to the yakuza disposal dump in Nagoya with an unsuspecting Ozaki in the back seat. Tormented by the dilemma of having to kill his own beloved senior, Minami is a ball of nerves when he does the job entirely by accident; suddenly hitting the brakes, he causes Ozaki to slam his head hard against the front seat, breaking his neck.



Now at a complete loss, he pulls up to the nearest roadside coffee shop to find a phone, but when he returns he finds that Ozaki's body has disappeared from his car. Did somebody steal it or did the yakuza just get up and walk off by himself? Minami goes off on a desperate search, but a flat tyre gets him stranded almost immediately. To make matters worse, everybody in this particular suburb seems to have more than a few screws loose, from the cross-dressing coffee shop owner and the American sake vendor who literally reads his Japanese lines from cue cards, to the autistic innkeeper and his excessively lactating (yes, one of those again) sister. If that wasn't enough, a mysterious but gorgeous young woman emerges in the back seat of his car, who knows all Minami's darkest secrets - secrets he only ever told Ozaki. (lightsoutentertainment)
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