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1999, 115 min., Japan
US Rights: American Cinematheque Presents/Vitagraph Films (Japanese Outlaw Masters)

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.



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"UNFORGETTABLE! A GREAT, SICK RUSH with a kicker on the level of THE VANISHING!" -- Elvis Mitchell, NY Times

"THE KINKIEST, CREEPIEST, most pungently sexual horror film in recent memory!" -- The Guardian (London)


"ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST FILMS! Dazzling. razor-sharp wit....what it must have been like to see PSYCHO’s shower scene back in 1960. BRILLIANT, UNFORGETTABLE!" -- Mike D’Angelo, Time Out New York

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