Audition (Blu-ray)

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Description

Takashi Miike directs this Japanese horror. Seven years on from the death of his wife, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it is time to remarry. A friend suggests that he might seek out potential spouses by holding auditions for a non-existent video project and this leads him to meet Asami Yamasaki (Eihi Shiina), a 24-year-old dancer who captivates him immediately. Aoyama begins seeing her on a regular basis, and thinks that she really might be the woman for him, but his friend Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) becomes suspicious, and after some investigation discovers the young woman is not at all who she claims to be...

Product Details

Barcode
5027035013770
Department
Movies & TV
Released
29 Feb 2016
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Foreign Language
Region
Region B
Language
Japanese
Studio
Arrow Films
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Interviews: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi
  • Commentary: Takashi Mike, Tom Mes, Daisuke Tengan
  • Other Documentary: 'Ties That Bind', 'Damaged Romance'
Runtime
111 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Audition
Release Year
2001
Running Time
115 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Odishon
Categories
Horror/Suspense / Actresses / Essential Cinema / Japan / Murder / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Synopsis
AUDITION is an art-house cult horror film that will be talked about for a long time to come. Ryo Ishibashi stars as Aoyama, a single father who has not dated since his wife died seven years earlier. To help find another woman to bring joy into Aoyama's charmless life, his best friend, television producer Yoshikawa, convinces Aoyama that they should add a fake part to a show they are auditioning actresses for--a role that will become Aoyama's real-life companion. After a series of comical auditions, in walks a woman whom Aoyama thinks is perfect--Asami, played by former model Eihi Shiina. But when Aoyama proves too tentative in his courting--and starts learning odd things about Asami's past--she decides to exact a revenge that filmgoers will never forget.

Director Takashi Miike's film, based on the novel by Ryu Murakami, begins like a slow-moving romance, carefully developing the characters and their maturing relationships. But suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, the mood and pace change, smashing viewers over the head with fast cuts between the past and the present, with dreamlike images that turn into torrid nightmares, with screams and shouts where there had been soft-spoken whispers, with blood and violence that replaces love and longing. The last section of the film is one of the most brutal torture scenes ever put on celluloid, and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. But even in its gore-filled shockingness, the film is beautiful to look at, a monumental achievement by a director willing to take chances and challenge his audience.
Notes
Theatrical Release: AUGUST 8, 2001 (NY)
Cast & Crew
Director
Takashi Miike
Star
Renji Ishibashi / Ryo Ishibashi / Jun Kunimura / Miyuki Matsuda / Ren Osugi / Tetsu Sawaki / Eihi Shiina
Screenwriter
Daisuke Tengan
Source Writer
Ryu Murakami / Author: Ryu Murakami
Composer
Koji Endo
Executive Producer
Toyoyuki Yokohama
Producer
Soji Fukushima / Satoshi Hukushima / Akemi Suyama
Director of Photography
Hideo Yamamoto
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...Miike has a Bunuelian talent for turning our preconceptions on their heads as a scare tactic..."
Paul Clinton (1 Dec 2001, p.58)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Awful good....This tough, witty grotesquerie aims to shock with a torture sequence so intense it'll make your curls curl..."
Doug Brod (2 Aug 2002, p.54)
New York Times
"...With a quiet that's meticulously transformed into moodiness and then fear-filled tension, the director Takashi Miike eases us in slowly....AUDITION doesn't let you down..."
Elvis Mitchell (8 Aug 2001, p.E1)