Audition

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Disc One: Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan; Disc Two: New interviews with cast members Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi; International trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Takashi Miike's Audition begins as a rather light romantic drama about a middle-aged widower, Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a television producer, who decides to find a new wife by auditioning actresses for a film. Once Aoyama settles on Asami (model Eihi Shiina), the quietest, most demure-seeming woman, Miike slowly begins to reveal hints of the horror that is to come. Asami sits by the phone, presumably for days on end, in an apartment that's bare except for a large canvas bag. When Aoyama finally gives in to his desire, the phone rings, a cold smile slowly comes to Asami's lips, and, suddenly, the bag violently spasms, rocking across the floor. It's a masterful shot sequence that completely changes the tone and direction of the film. Miike's film works on the level of a pure horror film, but it also rewards viewers who are interested in its thematic concerns and filmmaking technique. The horrific final half-hour of the film is so effective because Miike has allowed the audience to spend time with Aoyama and understand the questionable behavior that leads him to his own personal hell, and because, as in David Lynch's films, that hell is rendered in such a head-spinning, dreamlike way. If it were presented any more realistically, it would be unbearable to watch, and it would lose its effectiveness as metaphor. The film critiques the power imbalance that allows men to "audition" beautiful young women, looking for some fantasy combination of strength and servitude. Because Aoyama is, in the end, a sympathetic character, the sadistic revenge that Asami exacts can't be excused, but Aoyama's own creepy complicity must be acknowledged. The film is not for everyone, but for those who can stomach its gory denouement, it's a disturbing cinematic experience that they won't soon forget.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 826663115758
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,357

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryo Ishibashi Shigeharu Aoyama
Eihi Shiina Asami Yamazaki
Miyuki Matsuda
Renji Ishibashi
Jun Kunimura , Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Tetsu Sawaki
Technical Credits
Takashi Miike Director
Koji Endo Score Composer
Satoshi Fukushima Producer
Tatsuo Ozeki Producer, Production Designer
Yasushi Shimamura Editor
Akemi Suyama Producer
Daisuke Tengan Screenwriter
Hideo Yamamoto Cinematographer
Toyoyuki Yokohama Executive Producer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Audition - Bonus Disc
   Interviews
      Play All
      Ryo Ishibashi
      Eihi Shiina
      Renji Ishibashi
      Ren Osugi
   Trailers
      International Trailer
      Japanese Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Psychological thriller- truly creepy!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disturbing in a good way.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT FOR EVERYONE!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awfully boring

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A warning.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get your blankie ready!

    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!

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