after work i met elias and dan at the kendall cinema to watch gozu. the prolific takashi miike is the japanese david lynch. everyone single character in this film is strange, with the exception of minami, the yakuza henchman given the task of disposing his mentor ozaki (whom he calls "brother") who has been showing increased signs of madness and has become a liability to the crew. early in the film, ozaki dispatches a "yakuza attack dog" but throwing the toy dog to the ground and twirling it in the air. that pretty much sets the mood for what's in store the next 2 hours. ozaki dies accidently (it involves a "yazuka attack car"), and minami loses his body and spends the rest of the movie trying to find it. the film isn't really about the plot, it's more about the shocking surprises, the weird characters and the bizarre situations. so i don't want to spoil it by saying anything more, yet at the same time i have these images swimming in my head that will stay with me for a long time. the coffee shop runned by transvestites. the eager-to-please elderly hotel mamasan with the lactating breasts which share the screen during a prolonged and uncomfortable sequence that involves moaning and milking. the nagoya guide with half an albino face. okay, i have to stop, but the movie is filled with characters like these. violent, sexual, freaky, it's all in there, along with some surprising humorous elements (sometimes things get so strange, you can't help but to laugh). if you want a movie that doesn't play it safe, that doesn't color within the lines, gozu is definitely worth seeing. the ending will blow your mind, and not to spoil anything, it concludes on an unexpected happy note.
after the movie i biked back home (i offered dan a ride home earlier, he declined for fear of getting "too close"), caught the end of the red sox sweep of the bluejays, heated up some soup from a can for dinner.
* actually, i'm too tired to work anymore tonight. get a good night's sleep, wake up energized tomorrow morning for a productive day of work. (1am)