|Directed by||Takashi Miike|
|Produced by||Kana Koido
|Written by||Sakichi Sato|
|Music by||Kôji Endô|
|Edited by||Yasushi Shimamura|
|Distributed by||Cinema Epoch|
|Release date(s)||July 12, 2003|
|Running time||130 min.|
Structurally, Gozu is a succession of bizarre scenes sandwiched between a storyline involving Minami’s search for his Yakuza brother Ozaki in a small town, that is reminiscent of the episodic quests in Greek Mythology.
Minami's encounter with a minotaur-like creature gives the film its name (Gozu is Japanese for cow's head).
- Hideki Sone as Minami
- Show Aikawa as Ozaki
- Kimika Yoshino as Female Ozaki
- Shohei Hino as Nose
- Keiko Tomita as Innkeeper
- Harumi Sone as Innkeeper's Brother
- Renji Ishibashi as Boss
Shot on a low budget, the movie was originally planned for release on DVD but its positive reception at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003 secured its theatrical release overseas. The film received mostly positive reviews from the New York Times, BBC, Washington Post and internet sites Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, with most critics commenting on the deeply surreal and disjointed nature of the film.
- "'Gozu': Weird Fellas". washingtonpost.com. 2004-09-10. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "Midnight Eye review: Gozu (2003, Takashi MIIKE)". Midnighteye.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- "London - Entertainment - Films - Movies of the Week - Latest Cinema Releases - New films in London - Gozu, a review". BBC. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- A. O. SCOTTPublished: July 30, 2004 (2004-07-30). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Gozu' - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
- Gozu at the Internet Movie Database
- Gozu at AllMovie
- Gozu at Metacritic
- Anything But Banal; Takashi Miike on "Gozu" and His Ups and Downs at indiewire.com
- We talk to the cult Japanese director about his latest film to hit the States, Gozu. Miike interview at ign.com
- (Japanese) Gozu at the Japanese Movie Database