AUDITION
ÔDISHON
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.


CITY OF LOST SOULS
HYÔRYÛ-GAI
2000, 105 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

If you thought Takashi Miike couldn’t top the ultra-violent thrills in DEAD OR ALIVE, think again. CITY OF LOST SOULS is a lyrical live-action manga that explores dimensions of hitherto uncharted underworld violence as well as portraying a beautiful, unsentimental love story. Half-caste Japanese-Brazilian Mario (Teah) rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei (Michele Reis) from being deported, then sabotages a coke deal, two incidents that spark a Chinese mafia vs. Japanese yakuza war and a frantic police manhunt. A stunning, brutally phantasmagorical fairy tale.


THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS
KATAKURI-KE NO KÔFUKU
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.


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