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.


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