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Audition (Uncut Special Edition) (2001)

Ryo Ishibashi , Eihi Shiina , Takashi Miike  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Daisuke Tengan, Ryű Murakami
  • Producers: Akemi Suyama, Jun'ichi Shindô, Satoshi Fukushima, Toyoyuki Yokohama
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WFEDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Audition (Uncut Special Edition)" on IMDb

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The less you know, the better May 4, 2002
Format:DVD
I had heard of "Audition" for months before actually getting my hands on a copy of the DVD. I basiscally knew what to expect -- slow first hour, horrific final half hour, leaving you guessing at the nature of what really happens. However, because I'd read so much about the film, I think I really cheated myself out of a truly visceral horror experience.
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.
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201 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano wire makes for a fun evening! January 5, 2004
Format:DVD
In the battle between men and women, who will triumph? Who knows, but Japanese director Takashi Miike's film "Audition" shines a particularly brutal light on this eternal conflict. Set in Japan, the film takes on additional significance considering what we know about the role of women in that society. I am far not expert on Japanese social roles or mores, but I imagine the stereotypical picture of a Japanese woman as a subservient figure to men is more or less an accurate one. Certainly, gender roles have changed somewhat over the last fifty plus years as Japan rapidly industrialized and assumed a western style political system. One hopes that some progress in this area has taken place there, but I am not so sure after watching this film. Apparently, the idea of a docile, ever ready to serve her partner woman still exerts a strong influence in that country. Otherwise, "Audition" would make little sense to its target audience. Completely independent of its effect on Japanese audiences, the movie will send shivers down the spine of every American male.
"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.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ September 19, 2002
Format:DVD
AUDITION - directed by Takashi Miike (2001)
DVD/VHS
10/10
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?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scary?
Not what I would call a horror movie. The last 10 minutes of the movie were a bit confusing. I was a bit confused on some of the "dream" sequences, seeing as he never leaves his... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Too hyped up to get let down
I dont know why it got alot of good reviews on IMBD, flixster, etc??? I think the movie was a huge disappointment even when it hit the climax. Read more
Published 7 days ago by DoctaLuke
2.0 out of 5 stars Who translated this?
The subtitles of this movie are off. It was more of a comedy/guessing game more than a horror movie. Maybe a different version would be better.
Published 23 days ago by Patrice
1.0 out of 5 stars oh god.
This was just terrible. Current winner for "worst movie I've ever seen." It is sooooo slow moving. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Audition
"Audition" was recommended to me by a good friend who has a flare for GOOD movies. Well, as usual, I was not disappointed with this choice! Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChiTown-Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars What did I just watch!!!
I know I am late as h e double hockey sticks watching this as I am so tired of boring American movies that I am just starting to scratch the surface of foreign film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keek
1.0 out of 5 stars Fifteen Minutes of Fame
This film was extremely slow moving & uninteresting until about the last 15min. Even then it was confusing & I don't understand the premise.
Published 1 month ago by NeetNix
1.0 out of 5 stars Too cerebral for me
This is just too disturbing for my cup of tea, however, most of my film buff friends absoltuely loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome fun.
Japanese horror, in all of it's delightful, creepy weirdness. A sweet story of a lonely widower and his son takes a sudden left turn. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wayne K. Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Audition
Very good for japanese horror, very original & good ending. I would recommend to all horror movie buffs. It's good!
Published 2 months ago by K. Jones
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hey ferdinand, the Audition (Uncut Special Edition) DVD put out thru Lion's Gate (i.e. this product here) has the option of English or Spanish subtitles. Hope this helps you.
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