Audition (1999) Movie Review

Audition (1999)

1999 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Romance

User Score: 50/100


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
Year: 1999
Starring: Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Kanji Tsuda, Renji Ishibashi, Ken Mitsuishi, Tatsuo Endô, Eihi Shiina, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yuuto Arima, Ayaka Izumi, Nattsu Tanabashi, Kimiko Tachibana, Koshio Jindôji, Party, Tetsu Sawaki, Takako Katô, Saori Tachibana, Miyuki Matsuda, Yayoi Ôtsu, Toshie Negishi, Ren Ôsugi, Shigeru Saiki, Yuriko Hiro'oka, Misato Nakamura
Director: Takashi Miike
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 8 users. Votes: 8.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: R

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