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)
Starring: Jun Kunimura, Ken Mitsuishi, Ryo Ishibashi, Kanji Tsuda, Renji Ishibashi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Tatsuo Endô, Eihi Shiina, Toshie Negishi, Shigeru Saiki, Yuriko Hiro'oka, Misato Nakamura, Yuuto Arima, Ayaka Izumi, Nattsu Tanabashi, Kimiko Tachibana, Koshio Jindôji, Party, Takako Katô, Tetsu Sawaki, Saori Tachibana, Yayoi Ôtsu, Miyuki Matsuda, Ren Ôsugi
Director: Takashi Miike
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