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
Runtime: 115 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Total Avg. Votes: 63,308
Audition Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan
Audition Director: Takashi Miike
Production: American Cinemateque