Audition

Tuesday 18th March 20037:00 PM

First off, I'd advise anyone of an even slightly squeamish disposition to stay at home tonight. Continuing a fine Japanese tradition of mindless, messed-up violence (as seen last term in Battle Royale and any number of Anime films), Audition is really not a film for those with heart problems, nervous dispositions or prone to nightmares. I'm really not joking. We're showing Harry Potter on Sunday - maybe you're best off just coming to that. OK?

Still with me? Right. Aoyama is a Japanese man looking for a wife, and decides to take the unusual step of auditioning candidates. A friend becomes curious about the girl he's chosen and starts investigating her past; what he comes across - and must save his friend from - is truly horrific and absolutely brutal, the director pulling no punches whatsoever to protect the audience from it.

There isn't much that can prepare you for the final half hour of this film; suffice to say, if you like to feel nauseous and slightly dizzy when you leave the theatre then this is most definitely the film for you.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

80%

Genre:

Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Ryu Murakami, Daisuke Tengan

Leads:

Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda

Music:

Kôji Endô

Length:

115 minutes

Year:

1999

Country:

Japan/South Korea

Language:

Japanese

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