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  • Movie: Audition
  • Country: Japan
  • Duration: 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Rating: 18+/R - Restricted Screening (nudity & violence)


  • Score: 6.8 (scored by 581 users)
  • Ranked: #2276
  • Popularity: #2008
  • Members: 991

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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 settleson 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.

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 6, 1999
  • Duration: 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Score: 6.8 (scored by 581 users)
  • Ranked: #2276
  • Popularity: #2008
  • Rating: 18+/R - Restricted Screening (nudity & violence)

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13 people found this review helpful
Jun 23, 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 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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8 people found this review helpful
Feb 18, 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 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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