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Audition [Blu-ray] [1999] [US Import]

Ryo Ishibashi , Eihi Shiina , Takashi Miike    Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Daisuke Tengan, Ryū Murakami
  • Producers: Akemi Suyama, Jun'ichi Shindō, Satoshi Fukushima, Toyoyuki Yokohama
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C8YSCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Much of the controversy surrounding Takashi Miike's Audition centres on the disturbing nature of the later part of the film--understandable when you consider the imprint these admittedly horrific images leave on the viewer--but fails to note the intricate social satire of the rest. This is a film that offers insight into the changing culture of Japan and the generation gap between young and old. Shigeharu Aoyama is looking for an obedient and virtuous woman to love and asks, "Where are all the good girls?"--a comment that seals his fate. A fake audition is organised to find Aoyama a wife. Asami Yamazaki is introduced as the virtuous woman he is looking for, dressing for the majority of the film in white and behaving with the courtesy of an angel, especially when juxtaposed against the brash stupidity of the other girls at the audition. Although his friend takes an immediate "chemical" dislike to her, Aoyama begins a love affair to end all love affairs. But as Asami's history unfolds we see her pain and torture and slowly understand that the tortured in this instance holds the power to become the torturer. Aoyama is slowly drawn away from his white, metallic and homely environment into the vivid- red and dirty-dark environment of Asami's sadistic world.

Audition can be viewed on a number of levels, with important feminist, social and human rights issues to be drawn from the story. However, the real power of this film is its descent into the subconscious, to a point where reality is blurred and the audience is unable to decide whether the disturbing images on screen are real or surreal. This refined, hard-hitting and essentially Japanese style of horror is ultimately much more powerful than anything offered by Hollywood. This is a film that will get under your skin and infect your consciousness with a blend of fearless gore and unimaginable torture. It is not for the faint-hearted. --Nikki Disney

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent nerve-shredder 9 Sep 2002
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
If you read all the blurb written about this film, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a Japanese ultra-violent "Fatal Attraction" clone. After all the plot is deceptively simple - middle-aged widower looks for new love, holds fake audition, meets girl, girl becomes mysterious, girl gets nasty...
However, "Audition" is a dark masterpiece, drifting effortlessly from romantic melodrama into dizzying dreamscapes and finally skin-crawling horror. What's more, the viewer is left with nothing but sympathy for both the menacing Asami and her hapless suitor.
Okay, the violence. Well, while the last hour or so does become gruelling, a lot of it is actually suggested rather than shown explicitly. What's more there are no sudden shocks and brutal slayings, as in most American horror films. Instead, the viewer is forced to watch, as helpless as Asami's victim, as she explains the result of a childhood of abuse. "Words can create lies," she says. "Only pain can be trusted".
The same is true of the film's depiction of sex. Asami undresses, but refreshingly we see little nudity - maintaining the feeling of shy innocence that surrounds her. Nothing in this astonishing movie has been designed to tittilate. The performances are all top-notch, especially the two leads. The film's protagonist is seen looking for an "obedient" wife, but ultimately he is a lonely man looking for affection, not a sexist brute. And as for Asami herself... well, when her murderous nature is revealed she thankfully does not turn into a hammy, eye-rolling maniac. Rather, she is controlled, almost as demure as before, carefully explaining her plans in her childlike, sing-song voice. As she murmurs "Kiri kiri kiri" (Japanese for "Deeper, deeper..."), it's enough to freeze the blood.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting, Excellent and Upsetting 17 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Audition is typical of modern Japanese horror - the film starts off deceptively slowly, the viewer being given a long time to get used to and empathise with the main characters, then everything changes and a fast descent into hell begins.
For Audition, the theme is summarised in an early scene - the female protagonist declaring that 'life is but another way of reaching death'. The final scenes of the film are truly distressing and difficult to watch - torture sequences that are downright horrific.
An excellent study into human nature and its often darker extremes, Audition is aimed at mature audiences, a million miles from the 'popcorn slasher' flicks of teen US horror films such as Scream. Watch it, immerse yourself and be afraid!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lasting Impression 5 Jan 2002
By A Customer
The thing that struck me most about Audition was the way I felt after the film had finished. Maybe it was just because I watched it alone, in the dark, isolated from everything else through a big ass pair of headphones....but when I turned it off, I felt like I'd woken up from a nightmare. Thats the kind of impression it leaves on you...
The film actually starts off reasonably slowly, but not in a boring way...more intriguing. The acting is very realistic and the relationship between The father, his son, and Asami, when she comes into the picture, is very convincing. As Aoyama and Asami spend more time together, its easy for the viewer to see that Aoyama's vison is blurred and he can't see what he's getting himself into, its no surprise when Asami disappears.
The remaining part of the film leaves you wanting it to end, but your wanting to see the conclusion which puts you in a situation where you can't get out of watching the horror.
Granted...there is no REAL conclusion to the film, but I was satisfied with the ending...even slightly upset. A terrific horror movie, absolutely nothing like anything from the Western world!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing or something? 21 Jun 2007
I was surprised to read a review of this film that looked upon its structure as `a lot of 'nothing finished of by a disgusting, disjointed ending'. Having seen the film I understand how you could draw such a conclusion but I feel the point of the film has been missed if you simplify such a daring structure into those basic terms. I thought the films strongest point was its brave sense of patience. The audience is not treated to a conventionally timed, sequence of frequent scare tactics, but more lulled into a state of dark anticipation. The story of a lonely man courting a woman he meets through a staged audition is initially devoid of solid horror elements, but there is an underlying menace to the chosen auditioned women that develops into a state of dread as the audience learn more about her. You the viewer, a long with the main character, are slowly lowered into a nightmare as the auditioned females dark side becomes more apparent, the slowly building tension and dread eventually culminating in an unsettling, extremely horrific climax. Yes the ending is disgusting, but I think it is important that the film goes as far as it does to finalize the metamorphosis of the female characters from odd, silent, shy girl into an almost inhuman monster capable of unspeakable cruelty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Horror 30 Sep 2001
Having recently got into japanese movies i though it only right to buy this title and was i in for surprise . The movie starts of slowly not really give away anything to what will happen, but i felt an air of tension thru out , in the vein of a comedy then it starts to get creepy . The main female character is one of beauty and as i saw it some what like jekel and hyde . As the movie progress it gets very weird in a freaky way and had enough scenes making me up outta my seat . I wont give nothing away but watching the final scene was like listening to someone scrape their finger nails down a blackboard..
A very chilling movie in all , made more scary because it could happen to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
What an amazing film. I love Mrs Vengeance, Oldboy, Azumi, ect, and this I love. Next is I Saw The Devil.
Published 14 days ago by Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but tame compared to "Martyrs" - not that scary at all
I can only assume that the other reviews here claiming this film to be horrific and haunting were written many years ago when cinema was perhaps more innocent or that the others... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Rowbotham
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good! Very disturbing but good
It's good! Very disturbing but good!
Published 1 month ago by Andygd
4.0 out of 5 stars OMG - The Most Disturbing Film of All Time
I must have watched hundreds if not thousands of movies over the last 40 odd years, including very many horror films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Audition Review
Starts slowly and then... Well, you'll see...

For followers of the Asian horror scene, this is a must to your collection.
Published 2 months ago by Astor Edwyn Teller
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary as hell!!
No matter how many times I watch this film it still manages to unnerve me. The quiet slow start soon changes gear into a nightmare. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Max Renn
5.0 out of 5 stars World cinema
I ordered this on a whim as it was mentioned in a film mag in regards to another film. I'd not heard of it and was surprised that the supplier had a copy at such a good price- It... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. A. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars thank god for asian cinema
Wow. i think what i found most disturbing about this film was that i would of done exactly the same as the male protagonist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. R. D. Peatfield
1.0 out of 5 stars Long wait...
Well i was expecting so much more to this film and it just dragged on...

I d rather get my feet wired off than watch it again :)
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Pauline E. Cowie
5.0 out of 5 stars A real shocker
This was....... gory, but not gratuitously so. The horror when it comes is unexpected, & really effective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gamla
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