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Audition (1999) More at IMDbPro »Ôdishon (original title)

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Audition -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Ryû Murakami (novel)
Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 2000 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She always gets a part
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The horror, the horror! See more (400 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ryo Ishibashi ... Shigeharu Aoyama

Eihi Shiina ... Asami Yamazaki
Tetsu Sawaki ... Shigehiko Aoyama
Jun Kunimura ... Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji Ishibashi ... Old man in wheelchair

Miyuki Matsuda ... Ryoko Aoyama
Toshie Negishi ... Rie
Ren Ôsugi ... Shimada
Shigeru Saiki ... Toastmaster
Ken Mitsuishi ... Director
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
Nattsu Tanabashi ... Hotel front desk
Kimiko Tachibana ... FM announcer
Tatsuo Endô ... Doctor
Koshio Jindôji ... Nurse
Kanji Tsuda ... Bartender
Party ... Gangster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takako Katô
Saori Tachibana
Yayoi Ôtsu

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
Ryû Murakami (novel)

Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)

Produced by
Satoshi Fukushima .... producer
Jun'ichi Shindô .... planner
Akemi Suyama .... producer
Toyoyuki Yokohama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 
Production Design by
Tatsuo Ozeki 
 
Costume Design by
Tomoe Kumagai 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Takeshi Suzuki .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bunmei Katô .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Masashi Furuya .... sound assistant
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects editor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ôdishon" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence/torture and sexuality (cut)
Runtime:
115 min | USA:113 min (R-rated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Belgium:KNT | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 (orginal rating) | Singapore:R21 (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (cut)

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Trivia:
Heavy metal musician and horror movie director/actor Rob Zombie admitted he found this movie to be the most creepy and unsettling of any horror movie he's ever watched.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Asami Yamazaki:This wire can cut flesh and bones easily.
Old man in wheelchair:You're wonderful.
Asami Yamazaki:I never felt unhappy... Because I have been unhappy all the time.
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Audition (????)See more »

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116 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
The horror, the horror!, 30 May 2004
Author: paul2001sw-1 (paul2001sw@yahoo.co.uk) from Saffron Walden, UK

Art-house horror flicks are not a very common genre (few come to mind except 'Don't Look Now') but Takashi Miike's film 'Audition' is a welcome addition to the canon. Beautifully shot and orchestrated, it is both a subtle personal drama and one of the most genuinely horrifying things I have seen. The early stages of this film resemble a work by Claude Sautet, only seen through a Japanese sensibility, about the relationship between an older man and a beautiful young woman, but there's something slightly discomforting both in the man's definition of the perfect partner, and in the person he finds who fulfills it. The story slides into first a mystery, and then a full blown horror story, the power of which comes from following a very simple golden rule: namely, make the audience care about the characters first: one small needle can be very very scary if you think that it's for real. And by keeping the meaning ambiguous (unlike, say, 'The Shining', with its self-defeating collapse into hyperbolic mania), the film also retains its impact after the initial shock.

This sense of ambiguity is also crucial to the film's claims to be something more than simply an unorthodox gore-fest. 'Audition' constructs, and then deconstructs, a certain vision of the world and the "horror" scenes are only part of this. The result is utterly beguiling, and one can even see similarities with Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' in 'Audition's' portrayal of a man's complicit relationship with hell.

In some ways, this is not a universal film and I could not imagine it working in English: can you envisage any Western actress speaking the Eihi Shiina's lines with a straight face?. Whether that's because the film is saying something profound about Japanese culture, or whether the fact that it appears to do so can finesse the issue for foreign audiences, I'm not sure. Dramatically, 'Audition' is, despite its climax, not the best film ever made. But atmospherically speaking, it's a masterpiece.

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