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

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Audition -- Deceptively innocent at first, Takashi Miike's Audition finds Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi, Suicide Club, The Grudge), a middle-aged widower of many years, urged by his teenage son and his film producer friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura, Ichi The Killer) to get out and start dating again. To help Aoyama meet women, Yoshikawa devises a plan to hold a fake audition for a leading lady.
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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Ryû Murakami (novel)
Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 2000 (Japan) See more »
She always gets a part
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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Landmark horror movie See more (403 total) »


  (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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Rated R for violence/torture and sexuality (cut)
115 min | USA:113 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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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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 »
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 »
Asami Yamazaki:I've never had anyone to talk to. You were the first person to support me. Warmly accepting me, trying to understand me. I'm sorry, but it's hard to forget that.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in An American Mary in London (2012) (V)See more »


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49 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Landmark horror movie, 11 July 2001
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

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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