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Audition Steelbook [Dual Format Blu-Ray + DVD]
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One of the most notorious J-horror films ever made, Takashi Miike s Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris.
Recent widower Shigharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, agreeing Shigeharu seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. Taking advantage of their position as a film company they stage an audition. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn t what she seems to be...
Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!
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A movie dealing in psychological abuse, as well as physical is wrapped around a maze of secrets and innuendo. The movie works mostly because of lead actor Ryo Ishibashi who gives a sympathetic performance throughout. Be warned the movie is a slow burn, but the pay off is good. Not nearly as gory as some of Miike's films but still highly effective.
Imagine a universe of extreme violence and poetry at the same time, a film that starts as a sweet kind of family tale of a man who is searching for a new wife in his life and his kids actually accept his desires and plans.
But then..., suddenly she comes:
Her name is Asami, she is a quite sensitive young lady, who finds herself in the hard times of missing her destiny as a goddess, when it comes to the art of dancing, that she has to say goodbye to - on the other hand it was the main place of her suffering.
Her personal past is full of pain, difficult situations and death - and that is exactly what she will bring to us, please take a look at this masterpiece, without a doubt Takashi's best picture and another excellent example for japanese pearls of horror and "harmony"!
a lonely widower is convinced by his son that he should get remarried, so he and his friend hold a fake audition so that he can pick a wife out of the bunch, once he meets the woman of his dreams, he becomes emotionally attached to her, but little realizing that she is not as wonderful as she seems.
Audition isn't a horror film in the traditional sense, instead it plays out like a romantic drama for the first 58 minutes, then the last 40 minutes, it turns into a gut wrenching nightmare. i don't really have anything bad to say about the film, it delivered exactly what it promised and that was to creep you out. the cinematography is to die for, the editing is elegant and the acting is realistic as ever. the horror scenes are what get to me the most, it's almost as if Takashi miike creeped into a psychopaths house and filmed the events without them noticing, the lack of music helps build tension as you can hear the sounds of the characters, whether gasping or crawling. overall 10/10 from me. i highly recommend it.
Perfect, Asia is streets ahead of Hollywood when it comes to Horror.
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