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Director: Takashi Miike     Starring: Ryo Ishibashi Eihi Shiina
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211504375
UPC: 826663116960
UPC 14: 00826663116960
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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!
Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/3/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video UPC UPC: 00826663116960
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Tetsu Sawaki
Video Cast Info Ryo Ishibashi
Video Cast Info Ren Osugi
Video Cast Info Miyuki Matsuda
Video Cast Info Renji Ishibashi
Video Cast Info Jun Kunimura
Video Cast Info Eihi Shiina
Video Cast Info Toyoyuki Yokohama - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Daisuke Tengan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Akemi Suyama - Producer
Video Cast Info Soji Fukushima - Producer
Video Cast Info Ryu Murakami - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Satoshi Hukushima - Producer
Video Cast Info Koji Endo - Composer
Video Cast Info Hideo Yamamoto - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Takashi Miike - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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