Audition (1999) Movie Review

Audition (1999)

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

User Score: 56/100

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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.

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.

About Audition (1999)

Title: Audition
AKA: Ôdishon
Year: 1999
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Ren Ohsugi, Ren Ôsugi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kanji Tsuda, Renji Ishibashi, Takako Katô, Miyuki Matsuda, Saori Tachibana, Toshie Negishi, Yayoi Ôtsu, Shigeru Saiki, Sugimura Yoko, Yuriko Hiro'oka, Fumiyo Kohinata, Misato Nakamura, Yuuto Arima, Ayaka Izumi, Nattsu Tanabashi, Kimiko Tachibana, Tatsuo Endô, Koshio Jindôji, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Party
Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan
Director: Takashi Miike

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