Audition

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Released 1999

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Director:
Takashi Miike
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
Audition is a 1999 horror film about a widower who gets involved with the wrong woman. Still mourning the death of his wife, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) is encouraged by his son, Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki), to start dating again. One of Shigeharu's friends, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura), suggests that he hold fake film auditions so that he can meet a wide variety of attractive women. Shigeharu agrees to do so and immediately falls for Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina) after she auditions. Though his friend is wary of Asami, Shigeharu is enraptured by her and the two begin to date. Initially, things go well but things take a dark turn when she reveals to Shigeharu that she was badly abused when she was younger. Shortly after that, she disappears. As Shigeharu begins to search for her, he learns things about her that deeply disturb him. What he doesn't realize is that the most disturbing thing about her will happen not when he finds her, but when she finds him.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The picture is about victims -- but it's also a great, sick rush with a kicker on the level of "The Vanishing."

  • 80

    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.

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Bob Graham

    This movie can be recommended only to dyed-in-the-wool fans of the genre. Anyone who goes into one of Miike's films must be prepared to be put through the wringer.

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    Horror

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    Foreign Language, Asian Horror