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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: This wire can cut through meat and bone easily.
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Referenced in My Pure Joy (2011) See more »

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Landmark horror movie
11 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A class act horror film - not for anyone with a queasy stomach. Japanese subtitles don't deter from the fact that it can easily rank as a landmark in cinema horror, pushing back taboos. Like Sixth Sense, you could watch half the movie and not know it was going to be a shocker. When the shocks come they make you want to jump out of your seat right into the aisle and then crawl back under it with your face over your hands. More Hitchcock than Cronenberg, there is little in the way of special effects, but lots in the way of a very precisely crafted plot, great acting and editing, atmosphere and moments of evocative beauty as well as terror. The story concerns a Japanese businessman whose friend thinks of a novel way for him to look for a second wife. That's all I'll tell you!

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