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Audition (Unrated) (Dir Sub)

Art House & International and Cult Movies movie directed by Takashi Miike

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"You must see this!" are the only words good enough

  • Dec 30, 2002
I just rented Audition a couple days ago, it's still here, and I will probably watch it at least 4 times by the time I have to return it. Then I plan on buying it when I get a DVD player.

Ordinarily I am not even that much into "thriller" or "horror" types of movies. Seen a bunch, didn't get much out of them. Thus it's not really my preferred genre. After seeing Audition it turns out that the only reason I'm not too into this genre is because none of the other examples are as nightmarishly believable as Audition. Eihi Shiina taps into the vein of evil like no one else I have ever seen.

If I were to sit here and try to think of my favorite movies I rented in 2002 I'd certainly end up forgetting lots of great ones until 5 minutes after I submit my review. Thus I won't do that. But I will indeed say that Audition is one of the most perfect movies I have ever seen.

I think the best way I can review and recommend this movie is to say nothing about it. I just don't want to give anything away. I want the viewer to go blindly into this movie, and then walk away afterwards with the feeling of curdled blood clogging their arteries.

My advice: Either go rent this, buy it, or rent it then buy it. Learn as few specifics about it as possible and just pop it into your VCR/DVD player and let it crawl inside you and linger in the regions of human consciousness that are best left dormant.

Now all I have to do is see the other movies by this director and see if Ms. Shiina has made any other movies.

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review by . October 04, 2009
posted in ASIANatomy
   Whenever someone who has no knowledge of Japanese director Takashi Miike asks me what I can recommend from his works, I say “AUDITION” about 99 % of the time. Miike has become very famous in the West because of this film, it paved the way for his other works to be released in America and Europe. I would not go as far to say that it is his finest film, but it is arguably his most famous. “Audition” is based on the book by Ryu Murakami of the same name. Most people …
review by . August 20, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
      AUDITION      If there ever was a movie that I would no doubt say is one of the best movies ever if I was asked this would be it, in fact I would say that this is in the top 10. To those who have yet to see this film know now that you are in for a ride that you will never forget. J-Horror has become a very popular thing here in the states lately but let me say that these American remakes are nothing compared to the real deal productions from Asia. If …
review by . September 22, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Audition was recommended to me by an Amazon friend, Claude777 and I am glad that I heeded his recommendation! This movie and the visuals that take place were quite disturbing and haunting and even more so than "Ringu" (which others like to compare this movie to).     Director Takashi Miike's movie starts out like any other run of the mill romantic comedy - milquetoast, sweet and recently widowed Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi), his son, Tetsu Sawaki (Shigehiko Aoyama) and housekeeper …
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If you want the full sledgehammer-to-the-stomach effect ofAudition, stop reading this review now. Just watch it and take the consequences. At first glance, Takashi Miike's jack in the box of a movie works like a romantic comedy: amiable widower Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it's time to find a new wife, and a friend suggests holding a fake audition to find the right girl. It soon becomes clear that there is something wrong with Aoyama's choice. This is no ordinaryFatal Attraction-style thriller, however;Auditionslowly and carefully builds into a wrenching exploration of both deep male fears and the stereotype of the cute, submissive Japanese woman.Auditionis by no means an easy movie to watch--even hardcore horror fans may have trouble--but it will stay with you for a long, long time.--Ali Davis
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Director: Takashi Miike
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: Chimera
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