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 Rie reside together in a quaint little house with their family dog. 16 year-old Tetsu is old enough to date and suggests dear old dad follow suit, do the same, get married and GET HAPPY! Shigeharu follows his son's advice and decides it's time to find a new wife.
Enter Shigeharu's movie casting director cum game show host friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa who suggests advertising over the radio and holding a totally fake audition complete with written compositions to find Shig's dream girl. Innocent Shigeharu blindly and totally falls in love with one girl's composition before even meeting her and it soon becomes unbelievably apparent that there is something wrong with Shig's choice of his dream girl in Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina) .
This is no ordinary Fatal Attraction-style thriller. That is precisely why I enjoyed the film so much. "Audition" really can't be compared with anything else that I have viewed thus far except for maybe "Boxing Helena" if that gives you any indication of the visual and psychological effects that take place in this film.
"Audition" also shatters the overused, stereotypical Japanese submissive woman act and lays it on the line between the male and female sexes. The film slowly builds and in the last 20 minutes it will have you on the edge of your seat!!!
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 … more
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 … more
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