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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:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The ideal date movie! … Or maybe not? See more (391 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 Ohsugi ... 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
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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 Shibazaki .... 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:
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 »
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 through meat and bone easily.See more »
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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The ideal date movie! … Or maybe not?, 25 October 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Everybody faces this situation in his/her life sooner or later. You only just started a relationship and you are about to watch your first movie together. Personally you wouldn't mind a fair portion of violence and chills, but you suspect and worry that the other half prefers a slow and story-driven film with the emphasis on character development. But you needn't worry about this any longer, as Takashi Miike's "Audition" can perfectly satisfy both extremes. At least, theoretically speaking it can! This unforgettable and undeniable Japanese cult monument unfolds as a stylish and slow – better make VERY slow – moving romance drama, yet gradually but surely turns into a stomach-churning and nerve-tangling paranoia thriller with one of the most astonishingly engrossing climaxes ever captured on film. After seven years of living as a widower and devoting everything to raising his son, Aoyama wishes to remarry. A befriended movie-director wants to help Aoyama with meeting new women and arranges auditions for a non-existent movie. Aoyama immediately falls for the beautiful ex-ballet dancer Asami and carefully begins dating her. She's a beautiful young girl, but extremely introvert and mysterious. Aoyama's life subsequently turns into a psychological nightmare, yet the film's main strongpoint is how Miiki never fully reveals whether this girl is a lethal psychopath out for vengeance against the entire male race or that all the horror exclusively spawns from the protagonist's guilt and paranoid mindset. "Audition" is a truly strange and unique film. Miiki almost effortlessly seems to combine ambiances and elements that you always considered impossible to combine. At several moments during the first hour of the film, when the relationship between the two lead characters laboriously develops, you really wonder yourself how such a sober and melodramatic love story could possibly transgress into a reputedly shocking horror film, but it does! And how! The final ten-fifteen minutes are guaranteed to make you cringe and crawl in your seat and, I swear, you'll never look at a piano the same way again. I definitely also wouldn't advise this film if you already have a phobia for needles. Right from the opening sequences, Miiki effectively creates an intense atmosphere of depression and disturbance and maintains it throughout the entire film. He could also clearly rely on highly skilled and professional cinematographers, editors and production designers. The music is stupendous and the performances of both lead actor Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina are damn near perfect. This was Takashi Miiki's big international breakthrough achievement, and the least you could say is that he deserved it!

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