Audition (1999) Movie Review

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Audition (1999)

1999 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
115 minutes / 1h 55min

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Audition Plot Synopsis:

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami?

Audition (1999) Review

Audition (1999), aka Odishon (1999), is directed by Takashi Miike (13 Assassins (2010), Audition (1999), Ichi the Killer (2001), Three… Extremes (2004)). This film is rated R for violence, torture, and sexuality. This Japanese horror movie has a runtime of one hour fifty-five minutes. Audition was referred to as a "true masterpiece if ever there was one" by Quentin Tarantino.

Audition has Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) who is a widower auditioning women. Why do you ask? He is a widower whose now grown son and a friend have set up these appointments with the ladies in hopes of finding him a new wife. Aoyama thinks he is auditioning these women for a movie, a fake movie unknowingly to him. Aoyama takes a liking to Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina), but she is not who she seems. The tagline of Audition is "She always gets a part."

At first, Audition plays like a love story where the lead characters are trying to get to know each other. Eventually, we get to the gore fest that is Audition. There are some messy scenes to be had here. The acting from both of these main characters is great making you feel each turn in their character. The directing shines here and the soundtrack by Koji Endo mesh well together. Sit tight through the beginning because the real horror will kick in like night and day.

  • Audition Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.26
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • MetaCritic: 6.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.1

About Audition 1999

Title: Audition
Year: 1999
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.63/5 stars from 63,308 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 63,308
MPAA Rating: R
Audition Cast Starring: Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kanji Tsuda, Ren Ohsugi, Ren Ôsugi, Ren Osugi, Kimiko Tachibana, Tatsuo Endô, Koshio Jindôji, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Party, Renji Ishibashi, Takako Katô, Miyuki Matsuda, Saori Tachibana, Toshie Negishi, Yayoi Ôtsu, Shigeru Saiki, Sugimura Yoko, Yuriko Hiro'oka, Yuriko Hirooka, Fumiyo Kohinata, Misato Nakamura, Tatsuo Endô, Yuuto Arima, Koshio Jindôji, Ayaka Izumi, Takako Katô
Audition Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan
Audition Director: Takashi Miike
Production: American Cinemateque
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan