09-14-2003, 11:21 PM
I saw the premiere of this new Miike Yakuza/horror existentialist at the Toronto Film Festival. Here, a young yakuza is ordered to kill his insane boss but things go awry, when an accident leads to his apparent? death. When he drives up to a restaurant populated by transsexual servers the elder Yakuza's body disappears. The fledgling Yakuza, upon further investigation, finds that the town is full of loons, zombies, halfwits, a lactating lady and a slobbery minotaur. Miike is at his most Lynchian here, both in regards to the film's fascination with smalltown freakiness and for its disjointed whole. Gozu is marred by a lethargic pace, that becomes a little ardous to sit throught, at times. But it culminates in a finale that is gooey, shocking, and hilarious, and one that leaves far more questions to the proceedings than answers. An interesting exercise in experimental narrative. But I'd recommend it to Miike fans ONLY.