Audition-Collectors Edition

Directed By: Takashi Miike Starring: Ryo Ishibashi Eihi Shiina

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It's not often I have to look away from a movie.

by Anthony on 9/18/2011

I love Asian horror movies and make an effort to see as many as I can. I came across this one and was pretty satisfied. The story involves a guy holding auditions as a dating type thing to find the right girl. Things go crazy from there on and then ending may require you to break down the story to figure out what it means. There are extremely graphic torture scenes in this movie, I had to look away at a few parts just because it was so shocking and realistic. If you're a fan of Japanese horror movies or gore horror movies I'd definitely recommend checking this one out though!

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Product Overview

A middle-aged widower is urged by his teenage son and film producer friend to start dating again. They devise a plan to hold a phony film audition to meet new women. The widower falls for a beautiful ballerina with a suspicious past and their courtship veers from poilte romance to psycho nightmare!


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 211504375
UPC 826663116960
UPC 14 00826663116960
Format DVD
Release Date 7/3/2012
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note AUDITION is an art-house cult horror film that will be talked about for a long time to come. Ryo Ishibashi stars as Aoyama, a single father who has not dated since his wife died seven years earlier. To help find another woman to bring joy into Aoyama's charmless life, his best friend, television producer Yoshikawa, convinces Aoyama that they should add a fake part to a show they are auditioning actresses for--a role that will become Aoyama's real-life companion. After a series of comical auditions, in walks a woman whom Aoyama thinks is perfect--Asami, played by former model Eihi Shiina. But when Aoyama proves too tentative in his courting--and starts learning odd things about Asami's past--she decides to exact a revenge that filmgoers will never forget.^Director Takashi Miike's film, based on the novel by Ryu Murakami, begins like a slow-moving romance, carefully developing the characters and their maturing relationships. But suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, the mood and pace change, smashing viewers over the head with fast cuts between the past and the present, with dreamlike images that turn into torrid nightmares, with screams and shouts where there had been soft-spoken whispers, with blood and violence that replaces love and longing. The last section of the film is one of the most brutal torture scenes ever put on celluloid, and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. But even in its gore-filled shockingness, the film is beautiful to look at, a monumental achievement by a director willing to take chances and challenge his audience.
New York Times "...With a quiet that's meticulously transformed into moodiness and then fear-filled tension, the director Takashi Miike eases us in slowly....AUDITION doesn't let you down..." 08/08/2001 p.E1
Box Office "...Miike has a Bunuelian talent for turning our preconceptions on their heads as a scare tactic..." 12/01/2001 p.58
Entertainment Weekly "...Awful good....This tough, witty grotesquerie aims to shock with a torture sequence so intense it'll make your curls curl..." 08/02/2002 p.54
Takashi Miike
Ryo Ishibashi
Eihi Shiina
Cast & Crew
Tetsu Sawaki - Star
Ryo Ishibashi - Star
Ren Osugi - Star
Miyuki Matsuda - Star
Renji Ishibashi - Star
Jun Kunimura - Star
Eihi Shiina - Star
Toyoyuki Yokohama - Executive Producer
Daisuke Tengan - Screenwriter
Akemi Suyama - Producer
Soji Fukushima - Producer
Ryu Murakami - Source Writer
Satoshi Hukushima - Producer
Koji Endo - Composer
Hideo Yamamoto - Director of Photography
Takashi Miike - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
UPC 00826663116960
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
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Video Format DVD

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