We’re thrilled to announce a complete re-design of the American Cinematheque website. See The New Site Now >
1999, 115 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Director Takashi Miike’s breakout hit, AUDITION is one of the darkest and most disturbing thrillers ever to emerge from Japan. Widowed movie executive Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it’s finally time to start dating again; with the help of one of his drinking buddies, he holds fake auditions for a nonexistent movie role, just to meet girls. Aoyama’s plan succeeds beyond his wildest expectations when he hooks up with former ballet dancer Eihi Shiina, who seems to be the perfect girlfriend – until her sweet, compliant nature is shockingly stripped away, revealing her true personality. Warning: The final half-hour of AUDITION contains some of the most graphic and unforgettable images of violence ever put on screen. “A lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie ... the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory.” – Dennis Lim, Village Voice.

2001, 113 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Whimsical musical numbers, grotesque horror and Claymation all come together in this wildly surreal film by one of the world’s greatest masters of blending genre. The Katakuri family open a bed-and-breakfast in the remote countryside but are met with misfortune when their guests start dying in spectacular fashion. Determined to prevent negative publicity from spoiling their new business, the Katakuris pile corpse after corpse in the backyard to keep up appearances.

2001, 84 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Shot like a disturbing home video, Takashi Miike’s transgressive genre-bending portrait of a disturbingly dysfunctional family unit begins with a father’s attempt to document “young people today.” What follows is a descent into a household where incest, drug abuse and ultra-violence are all a part of daily life. Can the intervention of the mysterious stranger Q restore order to this bourgeois family? Equally disturbing, dark and funny, VISITOR Q is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Syndicate content