Widowed TV producer Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides to look for a new wife and craftily holds an 'audition' to find his new beau. But the young dancer (Elhi Shiina) who wins his heart has led a traumatic life and is a few pirouettes short of a full performance...

Director Mike Takashi takes an almost Zen-like approach to this story of female revenge against male domination in that very little happens for much of the film. But this just makes the last half-hour all the more shocking, with one of the most excruciating torture scenes you're ever likely to see.

The horror is effective and Audition is certainly slick and stylish. But too many significant plot points are reduced to mere subtext, and it's a shame that you're left wondering exactly how this demure young woman turned into such a psycho.

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    • soprano168

      Feb 15th 2009, 16:52


      Based on the short story by Ryu Murakami Audition follows Shigeharu Aoyama whos wife has died after a long battle with cancer. Years later he decides to start searching again and sets up a fake movie audition with a friend to find his new wife. He soon becomes attracted to Asami Yamazaki. He takes her out to dinner several times and takes her on holiday and its from this point things start to get sinister. Audition was directed by Takashi Miike who has made such extremes as Dead or Alive and Ichi the killer. Most of the film moves quite slowley until the last half hour where we we are taken into the lowest levels of human depravity. I was very unsure what to make of the last half hour because i could not tell if the disturbing images on screen were real or surreal. All in all Audition is disturbing and certainly chills but i am still very unsure what to make of the ending.

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    • captainchod

      Nov 9th 2009, 13:55


      In a story that begins in almost a rom-com manner, the tone quickly turns sour halfway through. While the earlier scenes are well handled, and make you want this couple to get on and stay together (although as it is a Takeshi Miike film you know this won't happen!), it's the darker later scenes that really hit home. There is some pretty gruesome stuff in here, and the last scenes will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

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