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Audition (1999)

Ôdishon (original title)
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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Ryû Murakami (novel), Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryo Ishibashi ... Shigeharu Aoyama
Eihi Shiina ... Asami Yamazaki
Tetsu Sawaki Tetsu Sawaki ... Shigehiko Aoyama
Jun Kunimura ... Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji Ishibashi ... Old man in wheelchair
Miyuki Matsuda ... Ryoko Aoyama
Toshie Negishi ... Rie
Ren Osugi ... Shimada (as Ren Ôsugi)
Shigeru Saiki Shigeru Saiki ... Toastmaster
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Director
Yuriko Hirooka Yuriko Hirooka ... Michiyo Yanagida
Fumiyo Kohinata ... TV station presenter
Misato Nakamura Misato Nakamura ... Misuzu Takagi
Yuuto Arima ... Shigehiko as a child
Ayaka Izumi Ayaka Izumi ... Asami as a child
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/torture and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Audition influenced American directors such as Eli Roth. Roth stated that Audition influenced him to make his film Hostel (2005), with Audition director Takashi Miike even making a cameo as a satisfied customer of the kidnappers who let customers torture their victims. See more »

Goofs

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

Shigeharu Aoyama: I wish there was a very nice woman hiding somewhere.
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Alternate Versions

Available in "R" and "Unrated" versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in S&man (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Carmen Suite #1 - Intermezzo
Composed by Georges Bizet
Played on a piano by Renji Ishibashi
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Essential viewing for lovers of extreme cinema.
3 January 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I was extremely underwhelmed by the much hyped Japanese horror film 'Ringu', so I approached 'Odishon' with some caution. I needn't have worried. 'Odishon' bears no resemblance to the lame supernatural chills of 'Ringu'. It is in fact closer to the more extreme moments of David Cronenberg, and the profoundly disturbing movies of Jorg Buttgereit, Shinya Tsukamoto, and Gaspar Noe.

Directed with great flair by Takashi Miike, and based on a novel by the amazing Ryu Murakami ('Almost Transparent Blue' and 'Coin Locker Babies'), 'Odishon' wipes the floor with Hollywood's recent output of supposedly "confronting" movies ('American Psycho', 'Boy's Don't Cry', 'Requiem For A Dream') and by-the-numbers serial killer thrillers ('Hannibal', 'Kiss The Girls', 'The Cell',etc.). Forget those safe, mediocre bores THIS is the real deal!

Miike lulls you into a false sense of security with his leisurely storytelling and quiet character development, which makes the pay off of the last part of the movie even more shocking and unexpected. Ryo Ishibashi is well cast as the middle aged businessman stuck in a rut, and the beautiful Eihi Shiina is absolutely astonishing as the girl of his dreams who turns out to be not QUITE what he expected.

The less you know about 'Odishon' the better. If you enjoy extreme movie making at its best you'll go ga ga over this first rate slice of shock cinema. Simply unforgettable.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Audition See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$131,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$359,853
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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