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

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  • Aug 20, 2010
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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 America ever tries to remake this I may boycott what ever studio is doing it, I like this film that much. Also let me say J-Horror, K-Horror and any kind of name for a horror film from a country not your own is ridicules, I do not hear anyone here in America calling American horror films A-Horror so why can't it all be .............. HORROR. With that being said [been waiting to get that out] "Audition" is one of those films that just sneaks up on you, in fact if you have never seen this stop reading now and put it in, surprise awaits you.

Shigeharu Aoyama played masterfully by Ryo Ishibashi is a very lonely man looking to get back out there after coming to terms with his wife's death. His best friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa [Jun Kunimura] convinces him that having an audition for a film would be the best way to meet some women and learn a little about them. Aoyama who only has the company of his son who obviously has more to do then hang with his father eventually agrees and off the two go. It is in these interviews that a beautiful young woman named Asami Yamazaki [Eihi Shiina] walks into the room and into Aoyama life. Little did Yoshikawa know that his friend had already chosen this girl long before she auditioned. The two hit it off or so it seems because both are unsure about the other and wait for the other to make a move or call. A relationship starts to blossom despite warnings from Yoshikawa and a good movie is well on its way.

Or at least one would think so if they only made it that far, because other then a scene involving Asami and a bag in the back ground this seems more like a romantic comedy [see the scene were the two friends are talking at a bar, and the audition scenes] then a horror film. To be honest, even though it seems that way it actually was working as such and would have been just as good staying that way [did that make sense], but man that throws you off for what is to come. The last 20 to 30 minutes of this film are some of the hardest things to sit threw and watch, honestly it really is. I think because the film built it's self up and seemed like such a different film, the last part of this film is heightened and these scenes seem a lot harder to view because of that. If I could describe what happens in this film to you in these written words I would. But the atmosphere and emotion add so much to the scenes that it is pretty much impossible to really convey to you how powerful they are. I hope I am not hyping these scenes up to a point that will eventually disappoint you, but I really feel that this film is a classic. Also i won't give away what happens here because you must see them for your self, trust me.

Ryo Ishibashi plays the role of the lonely single father very well and is more then believable as such, in fact he is so good at it that you actually feel horrible about what happens to his character [even though you learn a few bad things about him]. Ryo has a certain boyish charm about his character that shines threw the screen and really plays it well with the female characters. Jun Kunimura who plays his best friend is just as good as the confident yet distrusting best friend, his character actually calls out the female leads shaky background to Ryo. His character is a successful and some what cocky guy who comes up with the plan for his friend to meet women, he was very right about the girl. Speaking of which Eihi Shiina is downright evil in this film and portrays her self very differently so well throughout the first 3rd of the film. Her performance is hauntingly brilliant as it is so believable and really every guys worst fear about women, which is what this film is all about. She is at times a sweet and innocent girl and a strong but giving woman at another, but towards the end she is extremely warped and sick. The thing that makes her performance so good is that she slips in and out of all these emotions of the character with such ease that you think she is really like that, she is that character. Another thing about her performance is that during those horrific torture scenes when you look into her eyes there is no emotion there, I mean the character has no emotion not the actress.

Director Takashi Miike helmed in my opinion one of the greatest films ever made regardless of what country this film was made in, like I said this is not J-Horror or A-Horror it is straight up horror. Although one could argue that Miike did not create a horror film in that he really crafted a human study and hardcore tension film. Of course screenwriter Daisuke Tengan must get some credit as he pinned this wonderful film from a great novel by Ryû Murakami. Both the book and the screenplay are wonderful works of art, man I hope I am not over doing this review with praise. But with that said I can't find anything wrong with this film, some say it is slow but I think the pace is the perfect build for the last 3rd of the film. But all of the film before that is a wonderful film in its own right and really deserves that credit, plus it is the perfect build for the end.

I hope that I did not over do this film with praise or hyped it so much that you will go in with expectations that could never be matched but I really believe this film is worth your time. Ask almost any one [a few poor souls actually don't get this film] who has seen this film what they think about it and I bet they say it was great. Some people I know will never watch it again because of the last part of this film in. I have to give a shout out to WP for getting me to watch this again and review it. Every body reading if you don't own this movie BUY IT NOW, it is more then worth it I promise. The special edition has a commentary from the Director, interviews with him and the star, an introduction, trailers, and Bravo's 100 scariest movie moments segment on this film.


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January 20, 2011
I like Takashi Miike as a general rule of thumb and I think he's a brilliant film-maker but I must be one of the few people in the world who didn't love Audition. It was ok but I think he's done better films. I am a bit impartial to Gozu perhaps. Not a bad film though and I can see why people like it but Audition doesn't do much for me. Great review. :-)
August 20, 2010
wow! we have several similar things to say about this movie and some very different ones. This film is a classic! Definitely one of the best horror movies ever made. Thanks for the great review!
August 20, 2010
This is one of the best films ever made
August 20, 2010
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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 …
Quick Tip by . November 23, 2009
Truly, AUDITION boasts some of the creepiest scenes committed to film. I'd say more, but I just can't watch that ending again. Ever.
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
Frightening and disturbing, and really the kind of the movie for true horror fans. Can't say I have the stomach for it most of the time.
review by . February 06, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
There is a huge difference between this film and other horror films and that is it has more story than gore. There's not that much violence but this girl still freaks you out with her insane secrets. The beginning is a little long but it's put to good when you see how it all comes together at the end. I started watching Audition expecting a very scary movie meaning excessive gore and things that really aren't needed but instead I got a thought provoking film and that's how it gets in your head. …
review by . June 03, 2006
It's difficult to know what my reaction to this film is. I have several, they're strong and they're pulling me in different directions    Based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, director Takashi Miike's Audition is surprisingly "deliberate" and straightforward for much of its length. It's not a bad film at all, but most of it is in the realm of realist drama, even becoming something of a romance at one point. There are a few brutal images and scenarios, but they arrive primarily towards …
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 …
review by . December 31, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . December 30, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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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