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Effective classic from Japanese cinema.
on 6 September 2017
Audition has been labelled as a horror movie and yet for 70 of its 110 minutes the movie is a romance:drama. Directed by Miike Takishi it's obvious at some point that the movie will go left field. Plot concerns a man who has lost his wife and skips 7 years down the line where friends and even his son suggest he remarries. So his TV mogul friend suggests a new show called Audition, just so they can whittle down different women for him. Inevitably he picks his woman out, but unlucky for him she isn't all she appears to be.
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.