Oh Golly. This Must be a Sign of the Impending Apocalypse.

gozu.jpgOkay this is pretty much too strange to be believed but it seems to really be happening … Fangoria is reporting that Pathfinder Pictures has signed a deal with Japan’s Klockworx Productions to bring Klockworx flicks onto US screens. Klockworx does some great films so this is a very good thing. But here’s where it gets weird … First film out of the gate? Takashi Miike’s Gozu which is quite possibly one of the most surreal films ever made, so much so that it makes your average David Lynch film look like an ABC after school special. A giant cow-headed figure, attack chihuahua’s, a wildly over-lactating woman, soup ladles inserted where no soup should ever be and a finale that borrows heavily from the close of season one of Von Trier’s Kingdom miniseries that just may make you want to avoid sex for the rest of your life – that part really needs to be seen to be believed – all combine for something very unlikely to pass through US censors unscathed and even less likely to do any significant business in theaters. An absolutely completely bizarre film. I caught this at the Toronto Film Festival – you can read a review I wrote at the time here – where I sat next to the film’s rep who spent the entire screening just shaking his head and muttering “This is so messed up … this is so messed up …”

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