1999, 115 min., Japan
Director: Takashi Miike
AUDITION found US
box office and critical success in New York, the first US city where it
has opened. The New York Times just called it "one of the
best films of the year." A lonely, middle-aged widower (Ryo Ishibashi)
is urged by his teenage son to finally start dating again. A friend convinces
him to use his video production company to hold mock auditions for a fictitious
film project in an effort to meet women. The decent Aoyoma is initially
reluctant to engage in such a deception, but finally he agrees and subsequently,
meets a beautiful former ballerina (Eihi Shiina) with a mysterious past.
The two begin a romance. While on the surface, Asami seems like an innocent
and submissive woman, her true nature changes is revealed as, in the blink
of an eye, a tender romance morphs into a shocking, gothic psycho-thriller!
In Japanese with English subtitles.
A GREAT, SICK RUSH
with a kicker on the level of THE VANISHING!" -- Elvis Mitchell,
"THE KINKIEST, CREEPIEST, most pungently sexual horror film in recent memory!" -- The Guardian (London)
"JAPAN'S HOTTEST DIRECTOR!" -- A. Musetto, NY Post
OF THE YEARS BEST FILMS! Dazzling.
razor-sharp wit....what it must have been like to see PSYCHOs shower
scene back in 1960. BRILLIANT, UNFORGETTABLE!" -- Mike DAngelo,
Time Out New York
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