Uncut - 08/01/2004
"Miike may make more films than you can keep up with, but this one's a keeper. It's a slow-burn for sure, but the ending proves Miike has known exactly what he's doing all along..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2004
"Hideki Sone makes a weirdly credible Minami....Some of the inventions are cherishable..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/13/2004
"Miike is a bold visual stylist with a strong sense of composition. Miike inspires his actors to depict actions with a complete naturalness that surely no other director has ever asked them to attempt..."
This wildly bizarre Japanese horror movie from master Takeski Miike (AUDITION) follows the mysterious disappearance of Brother, a gangster who was accidentally killed by one of his Mafia cohorts, Minami. Searching for Brother's body--which vanished minutes after he was shot--Minami stumbles into a strange secluded inn and gets a room. He is instantly aware that something fishy is going on, and as he gets to know the innkeepers more intimately, that feeling is backed up by evidence. Given to loud, rambunctious sessions of pumping her own breast milk, the innkeeper is certainly a spectacle. Meanwhile, the violent sadomasochistic relationship (read: whipping) shared between the innkeeper and her brother is quite another. Nothing, however, can top Miike's grand finale for GOZU which combines some very important Givenchy crotchless panties, an old man who has a unique solution for his anal fixation, and an extremely gelatinous, odds-defying birth.
What starts out as a gangster film spirals rapidly out of control when a young yakuza is ordered to assassinate his own superior, who also happens to be his closest friend. When his target disappears before he can do the job, he sets out for a search that leads him into a mysterious town filled with lowlifes, oddballs, and a cow-headed demon.