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Audition (1999)

Horror, Drama 1h 55m 1999

One of the most infamous, impactful, and gut-wrenching Japanese horror films ever made, Takashi Miike’s AUDITION is a nerve-shredding exploration of male fears and the stereotype of submissive Japanese women.

Recent widower (and movie producer) Shigeharu Aoyama is looking for a new wife. But instead of going the usual route, he decides to hold “auditions” for a movie that doesn’t exist. Shigeharu quickly becomes enchanted with Asami, a spooky twenty-something who is responsive to his charms. But things aren’t what they seem.

AUDITION was the turn-of-the-millenium flash point that signaled the talent of Miike (ICHI THE KILLER, 13 ASSASSINS). Shocking audiences worldwide with its white-knuckle finale and ingenious slow-burn build-up, AUDITION was responsible for creating a fresh new wave of Asian horror.

Content warning: This movie contains scenes of intense physical abuse and brief scenes of physical child abuse.

Director

Takashi Miike

Screenwriter

Daisuke Tengan

Author

Ryû Murakami

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Country

Japan

Studio

Arrow Films

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