Gozu is, well, it’s fucked. It’s a long movie, almost intriguingly confusing and disorientating.The main plot follows a yakuza member who loses his older brother/colleague en rout to dispose of him and his ensuing journey to try and find him. What sucked me in through the first half (besides the hilarious dog scene) was the dreamlike, almost Lynchian feel to it. There’s so many bits and pieces that crawl under your skin like Miike’s use of repetitive dialogue and bleak set design.
I’m happy to say I don’t want to give any major spoilers because I’m having a difficult time explaining what I just saw as it is. If you make it far enough into this it becomes almost hypnotic. Motifs of reincarnation, birth and homosexuality are hauntingly present as our protagonist is tortured in such a visceral way through the second half of the movie.
This is another film that may be divisive in terms of what people take away from it. For me, apart from all the specific symbolism, I feel this movie on a larger scale is about trying to explain the unexplainable. You’re tossed into this new strange world which is difficult to accept, a very general fear that we can all relate to.
I wouldn’t know which type of person to specifically recommend this too but I promise that if you commit to this one, it pays off big in the end.