Odishon (Audition) (1999)

She always gets a part

Original Title : Odishon
Director : Takashi Miike
Writer : Ryu Murakami
Daisuke Tengan
Genre : Drama
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese
Producer : Satoshi Fukushima , Jun'ichi Shindô , Akemi Suyama , Toyoyuki Yokohama
Music : Kôji Endô
Photography : Hideo Yamamoto
Distributor : American Cinematheque [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for violence/torture and sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0235198
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Odishon (Audition) (1999) - Takashi Miike


Ryo Ishibashi Shigeharu Aoyama
Eihi Shiina Asami Yamazaki
Eihi Shiina Asami Yamazaki


Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. He notes her number from her file, calls her and takes her to dinner. He hesitates to call again, worried that he'll seem too eager. When he does, Asami knowingly lets the phone ring for some time before answering. She's alone in her darkened room - alone, that is, apart from the writhing victim she has tied up in a sack on the floor...


Please cancel my next acupuncture appointment. "Audition" begins as a mild drama about a widower who seeks a bride by screening women during a film making friend's casting call. What he gets is not what he expected. A clean, crisp, and highly stylized shoot, the first half of the film is pieced together one piece at a time, building curiosity more than suspense. In the denouement, however, the film breaks up and scatters, losing coherence in a sort of macabre, grisly, and frenetic montage. For many that will serve as a more than adequate dose of horror. For others, it will cheapen the result for there is no terror greater than that which can be perceived as real. It is difficult to have realistic perceptions when looking through a kaleidoscope of gruesome imagery. Horrific stuff for horror film buffs.
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