AuditionDirector: Takashi Miike
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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.
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|Ryo Ishibashi||Shigeharu Aoyama|
|Eihi Shiina||Asami Yamazaki|
|Jun Kunimura||Yasuhisa Yoshikawa|
|Koji Endo||Score Composer|
|Tatsuo Ozeki||Producer,Production Designer|
|Toyoyuki Yokohama||Executive Producer|
1. Arts and Crafts [13:32]
2. Promises [10:08]
3. Dim the Lights [10:36]
4. Morning Drinks [12:47]
5. No Words [8:50]
6. Seclusion [8:24]
7. Behind Closed Doors [9:24]
8. Stairway [6:25]
9. Glasses Raised [13:01]
10. Paralysis [11:32]
11. Awake [8:00]
12. End Credits [2:41]
Audio Commentary with Director Takashi Miike and Screenwriter Daisuke Tengan, Moderated by Film Writer Masato Kobayashi - Recorded in Tokyo in May 2009
Dolby Digital 5.0
Disc #2 -- Audition
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I love this movie. Watched it at least 5 years ago, and still can't quit thinking about how scary it was. The suspense builds throughout the film, and it had my stomach in knots until the gruesome end.
WOW! Starts out as a sweet, romantic comedy...until that bag in the room tumbles around...and phones begin to ring non-stop. Shockingly painful to watch, and not at all what I expected. A crazy nightmare ride! Make sure you have someone to hold you tight and don't expect a great night's sleep!
first, this movie is not for the faint of heart. everything is fine up until about the last fifteen minutes. then it will have your nerves on edge. i could feel my heart pounding in my chest. this is a very disturbing movie. if you like horror then you owe it to yourself to watch this one.
There is a ton of hype about this movie and the cover of the DVD case makes it seem as if it's going to be a fast-paced thriller with gore throughout. Not so much. There is intense gore in the movie, it just comes along at the last half-hour of the film. The idea of the film is interesting, I'll give it that, with a widower whose wife dies and he puts out a public audition for a movie to actually find a new wife, but the movie travels the speed of a dead snail. It is a good thing that the movie has a story built in to it that leads up to the gore and murder, but story is agonizingly slow and there is too much filler dialogue that does nothing for the story whatsoever, such as the conversation between the son and his girlfriend about dinosaurs. The aesthetic cinematography is a plus, but not a very big plus. By the time the heat finally does turn up, one already grows weary of the film and it's a shame because for such a nice payoff at the end, one may wish to turn the movie off about thirty minutes into it.
First of all, if you are a fan of horror films with non-stop action, then this is not the film for you. This movie starts out kind of slow and it doesn't really become a horror flick until the last 15 minutes. Nonetheless, it is not short on gore and there may actually be a couple parts that would make even the most hardened horror fan sick to their stomach. I really thought that this film had a great concept, however it was a bit slow for my taste. It wasn't horrible or anything just slow, but the last 15 minutes does help make up for it. This is a good movie, however it is not for everyone.
This movie was crazy! It's not a non-stop action movie but that's what makes it so great. It has content, character development, and of course, gore. It's mind-bending and engrossing. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something different but awesome. But be prepared to get a little queazy.
A typical Japanese businessman goes to dinner to interview his mail order bride. So what. Okay but she is dead and a ghost from beyond the grave and he is some waif near-do-well who is still clinging to life amongst the living. (insert Satan metal laugh here) Hough houwgh houwgh! He thinks he is seducing her and just like some subarban All-American jock on his first date with a Domanitrix, the joke is on him because he is no longer the doer but the doie in this scenario. She had a bad childhood. Rape murder incest and then she was cut up into pieces and put into a sack. To understand her lover he must go through what she went through, hence the descent into Hades whereupon the bride is given away by the uncle and incestor, just like a normal giving-away ritual on the surface world before a dowry at a wedding. Yet he does not know he is dead and neither do we until near the end when we find that we did not start at the beginning and that there is no end nor beginning to this double mirror entendre'. Now this is a good woman and she is faithful being a ghost and all, so as usual the vows are foresaking all others and until death do them part. "You cannot break a promise" she coaxes. "You cannot love anyone else but me" she adds. And this word is bond and a pact kept by blood amongst the living as the film shall demonstrate. 'Beware what you agree to'; is perhaps one theme and moral of the story in this regard I suspect, but the film was dark and foreboding, full of debachorization with the Hell's version of redemption by deeds and word and not by any absolution or any of the Earthly mumbo jumbo we living are accustomed to. Obviously he failed and obviously her side of the family had the ability to punish the matter of such a breach in promise and word or pact sealed in blood. Now in life she was a doctor who specialized in healing but in hell everything is upside down, so she explains, that she is now an expert accupuncturist who is after the deliverence of pain and suffering wobegottoness and the like. I loved the woman where she was probabaly too much for some jock businessman with a shallow brain. A Beastlord and Dragonslave, once again he hath spaken.