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Audition (1999)

Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, more...
Director: Takashi Miike, Takashi Miike
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Chimera
Genre: Cult, Foreign, Horror, Japan, Asian Horror
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike creates this unnerving horror film about a widowed TV producer auditioning prospective wives. In his search, one candidate particularly stands out, a lovely ex-ballerina dressed in white. The widower cannot believe his good fortune, until he starts looking more closely at his potential bride-to-be: her autobiographical details don't quite check out, she has a number of ugly scars on her legs, and he learns that people in her life have a habit of disappearing. When he discovers a man trussed up in her living room with his tongue and feet lopped off, he concludes that she is perhaps not the woman of his dreams. Audition was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

This version of Audtion is Out of Print. We have a limited number of copies available for rent. Audtion (Special Edition) is also availble for both Rent & Buy.

Also check out our New Asian Horror primer.

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Visitor Q
Love them or hate them, Miike's ultra-dark films are undeniably unforgettable, and this one may take the cake

GreenCine Member Reviews

terribly effective slow-burner by ironswallow August 2, 2005 - 10:13 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
It's true that this isn't a film for everyone, but not just because of the gore; the first hour or so is very slow and calculated. If you have a bit of patience and pay attention during this instead of waiting anxiously for a mindless torture sequence, you'll at least be impressed by the creativity by which the themes in this film are explored: honesty, guilt, the subjugation of women in japanese society, power, etc. I liked the pacing of the film more than other reviewers here, but be aware of your tolerance for slow-burners before renting this film.

Engaging, and disturbing by zeroplusone July 22, 2005 - 7:13 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I gave this film extra points because it lived up to my expectations, and was not just some dull movie that people think is "so cool" just because it's a Japanese horror movie. This film is truly disturbing, not just because of the climax, but because of the context in which it takes place. After it's all over you'll be left with lots to think about. Is this film presenting a cynical misogynistic (and perhaps even satirical) view of relationships? Is it a metaphor for the risks we take when opening up to someone? Or could it also be seen as a moral lesson about trust and honesty?

definitely love/hate by LWarren November 12, 2004 - 2:25 PM PST
2 out of 9 members found this review helpful
We were really looking forward to this based on the reviews, but found the first part interminably slow and none of the characters particularly likeable. Then it got nasty and we were about to give up and turn it off when my husband fainted.

So one thumb down and one entire body on the floor from us. If you're one of those people who can't wear contacts because you can't bear the thought of things in your should definitely skip this one.

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