Audition

  • 18
  • Takashi Miike (1999)
  • Jpn / S Kor (SUB)
  • 110 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Containing scenes of surreal violence and excruciating torture that many will find difficult to watch, this controversial psychological horror from cult Japanese director Takashi Miike could be a warped dream fuelled by tormented memory or an agonising hallucination revolving around the fear of a new relationship. It begins like a typical romantic comedy: a lonely Tokyo widower (played by Ryo Ishibashi) is persuaded to start looking for a new wife. With a producer friend, he holds a fake audition so he can screen a group of beautiful women - ostensibly for the part of a heroine in a new movie. But when the widower picks out an ex-ballerina (Japanese model Eihi Shiina) and tentatively begins to woo her, events take a terrifying turn. Like David Cronenberg, Miike doesn't provide his audience with easy answers, emotional respite or a safe conclusion. Instead, using stunning imagery and a mounting sense of puzzled dread, he puts true horror back into the genre. If you can stomach it, this profoundly moving film will leave you dazed.

Plot Summary

Psychological horror. Seven years after the death of his wife, a lonely man is persuaded by a friend to hold auditions for a new bride, with the candidates under the impression they are trying out for a film. He becomes capitivated by a demure young woman who seems to be everything he wants, but appearances prove deceptive.

Cast and crew

Cast

Shigeharu Aoyama
Ryo Ishibashi
Asami Yamazaki
Eihi Shiina
Shigehiko Aoyama
Tetsu Sawaki
Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Jun Kunimara
Old man in wheelchair
Renji Ishibashi
Ryoko Aoyama
Miyuki Matsuda
Rie
Toshie Negishi
Shibata
Ren Osugi

Crew

Director
Takashi Miike

Other Information

Language: 
Japanese +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro Tartan
Guidance: 
Contains graphic violence and brief nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Released 16 Mar 2001
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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