Audition

Audition (1999)

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TV producer Aoyama Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi) is a middle-class man, Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki) his teenage son. His friend, movie producer Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura), has the perfect palliative for Aoyoma's loneliness: test out a number of possible new wives by holding a phony movie audition. The clueless Shigeharu eagerly agrees, and he and Yoshikawa hold interviews marked by questions about sex that seem to have little to do with acting. Aoyama eventually settles read moreon tall, otherworldly waif Asami (played by ex-model Eihi Shiina). The more seasoned Yoshikawa senses that something's not quite right with Asami; he investigates and finds many a hole in her story.

  • Native title:

    オーディション
  • Also Known as:

    Odishon

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tb_90
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Jun 22, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Takashi Miike's Audition (English translation) is easily one of the best horror films since Wes Craven's Scream. This is not just a horror movie though, it is part drama, part romance. It is a study of human emotions. Nothing horrific happens until the last 40 minutes (and let me say, it IS horrific when it comes). The first 90 minutes are slow, but extremely interesting.

The movie starts with Shigeharu Aoyama standing read more by his wife as she dies, his son, Shigehiko also witnesses. It's seven years later and Shigehiko recommends that Aoyama should get re-married. His friend suggests that he hold an audition. He agrees and meets Asami, a beautiful and seemingly normal woman, but she soon takes him into her world of sadistic torture and violence which he may never leave.....

Audition has a lot of positives going for it. All of the main actors give brilliant performances and Eihi Shiina, who plays Asami, is eerily good. The direction suits the movie, it is slow but assured, and Miike doesn't always show or explain everything, which gives the entire film an uneasy atmosphere. The score is brooding and haunting and although the pacing may seem slow Audition is never boring.

This movie won't appeal to all, however, while some hail it as a masterpiece, others say it is sadistic and boring. My advice would be not to tackle this as pure horror, more of a slow drama/romance with splashes of psychological and visceral horror (especially in the last 30 minutes). And for those curious about the gore, there is very little of it despite what some may say, but that little bit is still disturbing.
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MochiMin
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Feb 17, 2012
  • Overall 2.0
  • Story 2.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I watched this movie with my friend and sister and we came to agree that the trailer was misleading. We saw the trailer for this movie and thought it would be awesome and when we finally saw it it seemed to be more suspense than horror. We had to wait a long time for the action to start. The actors did a very good job with the crappy story and ridiculous excuse read more for horror. I would never watch this movie again. I think the only reason we finished the movie was because we had invested so much time into it that it was too late to stop. I am not saying do not watch it but if you don't watch it you will live. It is not worth watching in my opinion but if you want find out for yourself and don't say I didn't warn you!
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    Masterbator Aug 2, 2017

    That was a pretty awful movie.

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    Sunsu Jun 5, 2017

    I think this movie was boring.

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    J-DRAMASROCK May 23, 2017

    Damn! Disturbing as helllll.......

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    Adam Jul 13, 2016

    Easily one of the most disturbing movies I've come across.

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    irish Dec 2, 2015

    good movie, but in my opinion, overrated

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    Jean Oct 20, 2015 - edited
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    John Jul 8, 2015

    I love this movie and the novel.

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    newNY May 29, 2015

    Can't recommend the movie. The story is ridiculous

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    zombiehero Oct 9, 2014

    I actually really liked the first part of this movie, but then I couldn't follow the story at all. I didn't dislike the latter part, I just didn't understand what was going on. Maybe that's part of the idea? Not sure.

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    rinsuzuki Mar 21, 2014

    really disturbing movie

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    Cheer Jan 23, 2014

    Another great one by Miike, the master of Japanese gory films.

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    Good psycho thriller, some scenes were really creepy!

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      Bladey May 30, 2014 - edited

      dare I try this? I kind of don't know what to expect. Is it so gory that I won;t stomach it? I'm not very good with gore. I stumbled to this page by accident looking for something else but all these comments caught my attention.

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    Aya-san May 10, 2013

    One of the worst horror movies I've ever seen. I wouldn't even call it horror. It was boring and slow. The only reason I didn't drop watching it (it was really tempting, like every 10 minutes) was because I had some hope that it will turn out to be good. It didn't. It was a complete waste of time.

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      StarlightGumiho Aug 10, 2013

      Perhaps you should also give it another watching when you feel awake as I feel you may have missed a big chunk of what makes this movie great.

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      Aya-san Aug 13, 2013

      Yea no, I understand what you wanted to say and it doesn't really matter to me in what state of mind I'm watching the movie. If it's good it's good, if not it's not. But you know, it is still labeled as a horror movie which is really misleading cause as the horror movie it does suck.
      Even though it is more like a psychological thriller it's still not a good one. Well, to me obviously.
      Thank you for your patience with me thou and trying to explain it. Now I know why people liked it, well sort of. And thanks for recommending to watch it again but I won't do that. Actually I wish I hadn't seen it at all. Oh, the curiosity and praises.
      Everyone's finds a piece of art in different things.

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      StarlightGumiho Aug 20, 2013

      Well, if you are unwilling to try a movie again based on high and wrong expectations beforehand on your first viewing then there isn't really anything else to discuss. I've never heard this movie described as a full on horror, it gets put in horror a lot because it has no where else to go, but so do many movies that I wouldn't class as 'horror', it doesn't make me dislike them because I didn't get what I expected, I like to watch all movies with a open mind. I knew what to expect when I watched this back in 1999, the plot is not misleading nor does it give the impression it will be a straight horror movie. I have watched movies and hated them, watched them again and loved them, I'm always willing to give it another go, but if you feel that way about this movie perhaps it would be best to move on and stop discussing something you dislike so much and go and talk of something you do enjoy.

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      Aya-san Aug 21, 2013

      Absolutely agree :)
      I also try not to watch the same movies again as I don't have enough time and I would be just missing out on other movies. Too many to see..

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      Viande Apr 27, 2014

      I'm totally with you Aya-san. I like horror and thrillers but this one was very boring and then tried to make it up by going gore in the last part.

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    witlily Jan 8, 2013

    This horror movie still makes me very shocking ... Miike Takashi still the best master of horror

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  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Oct 6, 1999
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 55 min.

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