Audition (Uncut Special Edition)
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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 ›
Did I mention that it is mind-blowing? Watch it cold. Stay away from spoilers. And then seek help from the internet to figure out what in tarnation you just watched.
Seriously great. But seriously disturbing. Eli Roth and Rob Zombie allegedly had a hard time watching. As they should, since if I am reading the film correctly, it largely depicts an enormous undercurrent of justifiable female rage in the face of oppression and abuse. But maybe that's just my take on it.
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 ›
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This movie is awesome, i am Horror films fan but this movie is different, very strange, complex but easy to watch it and understand it, an exotic horror movie. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Aldo Reyes Valdebenito
Movie was way slow and finally gave up. Not sure why this movie was rated high for horror.Published 18 days ago by Larry W Sims
Lots of hype got me excited. However, as well as the antagonist was portrayed near the end, getting to that point was a tad messy and unclear. Still a good movie, though.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was really hard to follow this movie. Understanding it was shot in a foreign language, with subtitles, this made it even harder to understand the twists and turns of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael W. Fontana
Slow for the first two acts but ramps it up in a brilliant mind f:-k by the third act!Published 2 months ago by Tara Culliton
I enjoyed the Psychology of it but the gore just wasn't present. Near the end it was interesting but it really wasn't anything that would keep me up at night.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. S
Interesting psychological thriller. Pretty typical Asia ExtremePublished 3 months ago by Alexander Hale
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