Overall Rank: 962
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 197
Theatrical Release Date: 03/03/2000
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/06/2009
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda
Plot: When a widower decides to hold a fake movie audition to find the pefect replacement, what starts out as the pefect dream relationship turns into a nightmare.
Quick Movie Reviews
Snoogans - wrote on 09/22/2011
Psychological, shocking and gross. It hits all the points with great accuracy. One of the best horror films to come from Japan.
The Marowak - wrote on 02/17/2009
Hey there drudgees! Have you been good or did you set up a fake movie audition so thats you could screen potential smoochies for the loving and caressing? You naughty boys! Those crazy gals with sharp pokey thingees and drugs are always attractive at first! I more than definitely needed a snuggle buddy here, drudgees. This one is so cute, like a bear, but then it dives off a cliff and snorkels into OH HOLY CHRIST ONA CROSS!!! water. You know, like a bear with a shark roped to it's back. How ever could we stop it? And this my cuddly drudgees, never stops. One of the best, and don't go calling yourself a bat-drudgee unless you've peeked it!
Full Movie Reviews
Monnie1976 - wrote on 08/20/2013
Audition is one of those films where the less you know going in the better off you are and the more powerful the experience. It really blew me away. The cast is wonderful with veteran Japanese actor Ryo Ishibashi starring as our likeable, though misguided protagonist and the seemingly demure Eihi Shiina as his love interest. The movie takes its time with the pace which is one of the reason it ends up having such an impact. If you want constant carnage and a fast pace this film is not for you. If you love a slow build with an unforgettable finale though, this is your movie. The acting, the setting and the strange surreal feel all conspire to make it one of the most disturbing movies I've seen. The plot definitely asks a lot of its audience and at the end it will leave you thinking.
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/09/2012
A TV executive decides to remarry 7 years after the death of his first wife and sets up a fake film audition to look for suitable candidates. This stunningly clever psychological horror leads your perceptions up the garden path and then cheerfully garrotes them with cheesewire; the first half of the film could easily be mistaken for a breezy mainstream romance, but once Aoyama begins to look into his potential fiancee's past the tone darkens into a horrific blend of reality, fantasy and nightmare. Miike takes a familiar formula, this time the scorned woman-turns stalker idea and turns it on it's head; not only does he fail to follow the usual expectations of the genre, he actually uses them against you. The use of colour, and particularly sound is stunning and the way he transforms the …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/17/2012
Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) is a widower taking care of his son. His son Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki) encourages his father to re-marry again. Aoyama’s friend Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) creates a mock audtion for a film. The resumes are screened and Aoyama becomes fascinated with Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina), who used to be a ballet dancer with a troubled past. In this reviewers mind, this film had one of the best thought provoking lines for its genre. Clever quotes from the film: Asami Yamazaki – “Words create lies. Pain can be trusted.” “I never felt unhappy...Because I have been unhappy all the time.” Shigeharu Aoyama – “It's hard to overcome that experience, but, someday you'll feel that life is wonderful. That's life, isn't it?” Only minor flaw in this critic’s …
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