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Audition (1999)
"Ôdishon" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  3 March 2000 (Japan)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsu Sawaki ...
Shigehiko Aoyama
Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji Ishibashi ...
Old man in wheelchair
Ryoko Aoyama
Toshie Negishi ...
Ren Ôsugi ...
Shigeru Saiki ...
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Yuriko Hiro'oka ...
Michiyo Yanagida
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
TV station presenter
Misato Nakamura ...
Misuzu Takagi
Yuuto Arima ...
Shigehiko as a child
Ayaka Izumi ...
Asami as a child


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? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She always gets a part


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/torture and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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1.85 : 1
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When the film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2000 it had a record number of walkouts. At the Swiss premiere someone passed out and needed emergency room attention. See more »


During their weekend getaway, Asami clearly removes all of her clothing then lies in bed and covers with a sheet. She then raises the sheet to expose the wounds on her thigh. The white panties can clearly be seen despite the fact that she just removed them. See more »


Asami Yamazaki: [while pushing needles into the space under Shigeharu's eyelids] Deeper. Deeper.
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Best horror movie in the world!
5 August 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Movies like Scream, I Know What you Did Last Summer, and their teenage-pheremone-reeking ilk have absolutely no right to call themselves "horror movies" when we have a film like Audition to watch.

This movie starts out very slowly, very sweetly, and builds to a fantastic gruesome climax that you don't see coming. Genuinely scary. I am a huge horror movie affectionado, and I have NEVER in my life watched a movie that made gasp like this one did. I was revolted, I was disturbed, I was scared.

Why is this movie so much better than anything I've seen? Subtlety. This movie makes good use of silence, sound effects and off camera action to SUGGEST instead of SHOW you what's happening. It's much more satisfying to watch a movie with this kind of approach than it is to watch people get stabbed with blood spraying all over the place. This movie follows no classic "horror movie rules". It's completely original.

It's not without its faults, of course. The plot is a little strange, and as the movie progresses on it sometimes gets a little hard to follow. Some would also argue that the beginning is too long and too heavy, but I think this is a perfect and even needed contrast to the crazy goings-on that will unfold.

This is a fabulous movie. Check this out if you'd like to see a REAL scary movie.

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