Audition (1999) Movie Review

Audition (1999)

1999 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
115 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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Audition Review


A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

If you want the full sledgehammer-to-the-stomach effect of Audition, stop reading this review now. Just watch it and take the consequences. At first glance, Takashi Miike’s jack in the box of a movie works like a romantic comedy: amiable widower Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it’s time to find a new wife, and a friend suggests holding a fake audition to find the right girl. It soon becomes clear that there is something wrong with Aoyama’s choice. This is no ordinary Fatal Attraction-style thriller, however; Audition slowly and carefully builds into a wrenching exploration of both deep male fears and the stereotype of the cute, submissive Japanese woman. Audition is by no means an easy movie to watch--even hardcore horror fans may have trouble--but it will stay with you for a long, long time. --Ali Davis

About Audition (1999)

Title: Audition
AKA: Ôdishon
Year: 1999
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 8 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 8
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Misato Nakamura, Yuuto Arima, Ayaka Izumi, Nattsu Tanabashi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kimiko Tachibana, Tatsuo Endô, Koshio Jindôji, Eihi Shiina, Kanji Tsuda, Tetsu Sawaki, Party, Renji Ishibashi, Takako Katô, Miyuki Matsuda, Saori Tachibana, Toshie Negishi, Yayoi Ôtsu, Ren Ôsugi, Shigeru Saiki, Sugimura Yoko, Yuriko Hiro'oka, Ren Ohsugi
Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan
Director: Takashi Miike

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