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Audition: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
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Deceptively innocent at first, Takashi Miikes Audition finds Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi, Suicide Club, The Grudge), a middle-aged widower of many years, urged by his teenage son and his film producer friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura, Ichi The Killer) to get out and start dating again. To help Aoyama meet women, Yoshikawa devises a plan to hold a fake audition for a leading lady. Reluctantly agreeing, Aoyama auditions 30 young hopefuls and falls for the silent beauty of Asami (model/actress Eihi Shiina), a former ballerina with a dark past. Their courtship veers from quiet romance to psycho nightmare, realizing a sadistic breach of contract between filmmaker and audience of which Hitchcock could only dream. (Richard Falcon, Sight And Sound).
Shout! Factory presents this 1999 modern horror classic in a new 1080P high-definition transfer from the internegative, with a new 5.0 digital stereo soundtrack mixed from the original audio elements. This special collectors edition includes 90 minutes of new interviews with the cast and a new audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan.
Disc One: (Blu-ray)
* Audio Commentary With Director Takashi Miike And Screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
Disc Two: (DVD Standard Definition)
* New Interviews With Cast Members Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi And Ren Osugi
* International Trailers
* Booklet Essay By Author Tom Mes (Agitator: The Cinema Of Takashi Miike)
New interviews with cast members Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
New essay by Tom Mes (Agitator: The Cinema Of Takashi Miike)
Top Customer Reviews
First, a short plot synopsis: Main charcter's wife dies. Seven years later, he's lonely and decides he wants to re-marry. To meet women, he holds an audition, casting for a fake movie, in order to easily meet young women. One particular young lady captures his fancy. But she is definitely more than she seems.
ATTENTION: This is NOT a Hollywood horror film. Don't expect the fake-scare red herrings, or the busty brainless chicks creeping into the attic to find out what that growling noise is. In fact, Audition contains few, if any, "shock" moments. Instead, the movie is a slow boil of disturbing creepiness that crescendoes into a brutal third act. This is not to say that there are not horrific moments, certainly this movie is rife with terrible images. But the film plays so differently from the tripe we see in American horror genres. It's slow, it's measured and it's effective.
I might be in the minority here, but I enjoyed the first hour of this film immensely. I liked the main character as a person, even felt a little sorry for him during his quest to find a mate, which made his fate (which I knew because of my research into the film) all the more dreadful.
I suppose because the second half of the film is so brutal, viewers might feel cheated out of what could have been a nice love story. However, I think this is what makes the film so quintessentially Japanese in its horror.Read more ›
"Audition" starts like a Japanese adaptation of some saccharine American family television program. Aoyama, a man whose wife died some years before, desperately seeks female companionship. He works as a television producer, has done an excellent job raising his son, and enjoys bonding with this son on fishing trips. Aoyama, in other words, is a really nice guy. It's just that he is so lonely nowadays since his son is quickly growing up and has less and less time to spend with his father. Aoyama therefore soon faces the prospect of almost total solitude.Read more ›
Japanese with English Subtitles
This film is un-rated and contains graphic violence.
Takashi Miike has accomplished drawing the audience in slowly with subtle and well-made storytelling that turns into a roller coaster ride of white-knuckle extreme terror. At first it seems as though Miike is presenting at straightforward family drama. Husband/father Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) widowed seven years prior decides under the gentle and humorous direction of his son (Tetsu Sawaki) it is time to remarry. Simple? Well, no. Aoyama's drinking buddy Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) decides to hold a fake audition for a film in search of the perfect woman. The editing during this sequence has a natural rhythm and humor that highlights the whole facade as the numbers of unusual women are asked a series of questions. Enter Asami (Eihi Shiina), a former ballet dancer, who seems to have suffered in her past. Aoyama falls in love quickly, and against the warnings of Yoshikawa moves forward in quest for the perfect mate," a compliant woman is best." Takashi quickly cuts to a still shot of Asami, sitting on the floor her head bent down, her hair falling over her head so we can't see her face, a telephone in the foreground, and a very large canvas bag. Throughout soundtrack is very well done and there are very different types of music to fit each scene. At this point, however, there is total silence. Long enough to create tremendous tension. Miike takes the audience with Aoyama as hints Asami's of psychotic disintegration almost subliminally sneak into the narrative. At the midway point we become just as disoriented as Aoyama. Is love blind and deaf?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Made in 1999 this is a nightmarish horror that will stick with you. It is about Shigeharu Aoyama, he lives in Tokyo and has lost his wife – leaving him to bring up his son alone. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Tommy Dooley
Audition sets you up to go in one direction, then takes you about a thousand miles away from where you thought you were going to go. It's mind-blowing. It's iconic. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Japanese thriller classic. Perhaps Takashi Miike's best film, but it's hard to decide with Ichi The Killer up there as well. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Shinobi
I watched this because it was listed as one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films. It's a good insight to some of Quentin's inspiration. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mathmatics
Can't say yea or nay either way because of audio. Was really looking forward to seeing this movie which happened to be included with my subscription to the Shudder channel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen
THIS MOVIE IS FANTASTIC! My brother saw it initially and his recommendation made me seek out the DVD so I could see it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Raquel Y. Eldridge-Gradnigo
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