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

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Director:
Writers:
Ryû Murakami (novel)
Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 2000 (Japan) See more »
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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 »
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(313 articles)
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User Reviews:
Has Much More to Say Than Hype Would Have You Believe See more (398 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

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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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:Words create lies. Pain can be trusted.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Ghouls (2003)See more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Has Much More to Say Than Hype Would Have You Believe, 24 April 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

There are about 15 minutes of "Audition" that everyone remembers and talks about, and about 95 minutes of movie that you'd think didn't even exist if you listened to others' comments. But this is the director's fault; when you set out to shock your audience as much as Takashi Miike does in this film, you can't blame the audience if all they remember about your film is the shocking part.

Which is a shame, because "Audition" is quite a bit more than a mere horror movie. It's really more of a feverish psychological drama along the lines of a David Lynch film. In fact, in structure and tone, this film reminded me of Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," and if Lynch didn't have his own unique style and brand of film-making, I might wonder if he was inspired in part by this film when he made his own.

What other comments here have done nicely is summarize what "Audition" is "about." A man (Shigeharu Aoyama) mourning the loss of his wife looks to find the perfect woman to replace her, and he holds bogus auditions for an ostensible film role in order to find her. But the girl who catches his interest (Asami Yamazaki) turns out to be a much better actress than he bargained for. What other comments DON'T necessarily convey, however, is how much of this film takes place in the world of dreams, and how blurred the line between reality and fantasy is. This dilutes the violence of the film's final moments, because there is a strong suggestion that this violence is taking place in the protagonist's nightmares.

Is "Audition" a critique of the confined roles women are forced to inhabit in Japanese society? Is it about Aoyama's guilt in feeling the need for a woman to replace his dead wife? Is it about his fear of finding a girl that actually can replace her, thereby diminishing what he had with her? Is the film about the extent to which all relationships are "auditions," where each person involved makes him/herself vulnerable and exposes him/herself to acceptance or rejection at the whims of another? A case can be made for its being about all of these things.

When the violence comes at the end, it's not as graphic as the hype would lead you to believe. Even so, I wish Miike hadn't pushed the envelope quite so far. One has to wonder if the emotional impact of the film would have been any less just because the violence was less graphic, and I suspect the answer to that is no. The violence feels gratuitous and cheapens slightly everything that comes before it. It mars the film, but fortunately it doesn't ruin it.

This is far more of a thinking man's film that its reputation would lead you to believe. Those who come to it for the titillating shock of its gore are bound to be disappointed.

Grade: B+

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