Not Held at Japan Society – GOZU at Cinema Village

July 30, 2004
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A film by Takashi Miike. 129 min.  In Japanese with English subtitles;  2003  Not Rated

From the acclaimed director, Takashi Miike, comes a Yakuza/horror film to shock and amaze audiences everywhere!  When Minami is sent to kill his mentor, Ozaki, who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown, he embarks on a journey of an unexplained natural phenomenon, that only a director of such films as Audition, Dead or Alive and Ichi the Killer can provide in this surreal Lynchian/Cronenberg-like odyssey. With GOZU, Takashi Miike and his Ichi the Killer scriptwriter Sakichi Sato, have come up with a splendid, slow-burn Yakuza ghost story.

Takashi Miike made his directorial debut with Shinjuku Kuroshakai (1995). Since then he had directed Audition (1999), Dead or Alive (1999), The City of Lost Souls (2000), Visitor Q (2001), Ichi the Killer (2001), Agitator (2002) and many more.  With these shocking violent features, he became famous not only in Japan but throughout the world.  In 1998, he was the only Japanese director nominated in TIME magazine as one of top ten non-Hollywood directors, along with John Woo and Abbas Kiarostami. He has also appeared as an actor in Kyofu! Kiseichukan no sanshimai (dir: Takeshi Miyasaka, 1997), Agitator and Last Life in the Universe (dir: Pen-ek Ratanaruang, 2003).

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