Gozu Another Japanese carnival of demons: Gozu , the new film from the prodigiously freaky and inspired Takashi Miike, who turns out his sick-joke head trips… Gozu Another Japanese carnival of demons: Gozu , the new film from the prodigiously freaky and inspired Takashi Miike, who turns out his sick-joke head trips… 2004-07-30 Unrated PT129M Foreign Language Mystery and Thriller Hideki Sone Sho Aikawa Kimika Yoshino Pathfinder/Klockworx
Movie Review

Gozu (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Gozu | 'GO' FOR LESS Eastern flavor that doesn't go down scary
'GO' FOR LESS Eastern flavor that doesn't go down scary
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Jul 30, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 129 Minutes; Genres: Foreign Language, Mystery and Thriller; With: Hideki Sone; Distributor: Pathfinder/Klockworx

Another Japanese carnival of demons: Gozu, the new film from the prodigiously freaky and inspired Takashi Miike, who turns out his sick-joke head trips at the rate of approximately five a year is just now being released in American theaters.

It's clear from ''Audition'' (2001), his psychosexual shocker that plumbed the depths of feminine vengeance, that Takashi Miike is a major artist. His gifts are on display, but only intermittently, in ''Gozu,'' the surreal tale of a yakuza functionary (Hideki Sone) who gets stranded in a town as nutty as the ones in U-Turn or Green Acres. There isn't much that Miike won't throw into his nightmare mix, yet the movie is almost prankish in its slack indulgence. Not until the last 20 minutes does ''Gozu'' come fully alive. A man has sex with a seductive beauty, who then gives birth to...well, let's just say it's a sight that may take time to fight its way out of your head.

Originally posted Aug 04, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints