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Audition (‘dishon)

Audition (‘dishon) (1999)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 14

An audacious, unsettling Japanese horror film from director Takashi Miike, Audition entertains as both a grisly shocker and a psychological drama.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

An audacious, unsettling Japanese horror film from director Takashi Miike, Audition entertains as both a grisly shocker and a psychological drama.



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Controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike creates this unnerving horror film about a widowed TV producer auditioning prospective wives. In his search, one candidate particularly stands out, a lovely ex-ballerina dressed in white. The widower cannot believe his good fortune, until he starts looking more closely at his potential bride-to-be: her autobiographical details don't quite check out, she has a number of ugly scars on her legs, and he learns that people in her life have a habit of

Jun 4, 2002

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (14) | DVD (22)

This movie, at just under two hours, is a long crawl from inception to climax.

November 30, 2001
Boston Globe
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Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar ... into something sinister and eerie.

November 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This brazen shocker is never less than compelling -- even when you feel compelled to shut your eyes.

November 1, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There will be many people who consider Audition an atrocity, and a few who find it a stimulating cinema experience.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The shock imperative takes on a life of its own and floats away from the lengthy setup.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Whether reading Audition as a portrait of coming to terms with grief, a feminist revenge tale, or a graphic exploration of romantic attachment and idealism, it remains a terrifying film.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

An extremely disturbing and violent psychological thriller from the gifted Japanese director Takashi Miike, which will linger in memory long after you see the film.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

It's Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike's best film - a mordant spin on "Little Red Riding Hood" with sexist expectations as the wolf on which the tables are turned. Its "kiri, kiri" refrain also is the Zeroes' answer to "Is it safe?" from "Marathon Man."

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

I was offended, I was shocked, and I was stunned.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Will get under your skin and stay there for many days.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

(The) disturbed and disturbing psycho-horror nightmare begins as a gentle romance based on a lie and then shoots into the Twilight Zone of obsession, sadism, and mutilation.

December 14, 2005 Full Review Source: St@tic Multimedia

A lentid„o dos dois primeiros atos e o pseudo-surrealismo do terceiro, alťm de n„o combinarem, criam uma experiÍncia enfadonha, confusa e apelativa.

October 5, 2004
Cinema em Cena

A meditative, melancholic masterpiece that is not for the squeamish

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

This film is skillfully made, expertly directed, well acted, and pretty distasteful to me.

July 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Comments (3)
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Takashi Miike has a style that definitely sets this one apart from the all of the American "stalker chick" films.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

The grisly finale will undoubtedly linger in the memory but in the end, it just comes off as a case of too much, too late.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

For those who can stomach its gory denouement, it's a disturbing cinematic experience that they won't soon forget.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

The Audition DVD includes a director's audio commentary for the final half-hour. You may as well turn the commentary on-you'll be clamping your eyes shut for most of it anyway.

January 19, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

No movie before this one literally made me quake.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

One of the most shocking Japanese horror films ever

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

By the end I found myself feeling so creeped out it was Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer all over again.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It takes sexual tensions to a dreamlike extreme and has a Grand Guignol ending that should be upsetting to the faint of heart...

November 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fertile film.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...Audition did little to disturb me or hinder my ability to sleep.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Miike, the Tasmanian Devil of modern filmmakers, throws our assumptions back at us like a thousand poison darts. Great film.

September 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Audition (‘dishon)

December 6, 2013
Directors Cat
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Audition is an impressive Japanese horror tale that is brilliantly acted and directed. The film is a raw, gritty and tense film that has secured a place for Japanese horror in the horror genre. The story is simple, yet effective. The film has enough good gory moments to please fans of the genre, and it is a film that should be seen if you love these types of films. Japan has made quite an impression in the genre, and films like Audition will definitely make you take notice. This is not a film that is easily forgettable. The gore is great, the violence is in your face, and it is a riveting picture that is a modern classic of foreign horror. If you love horror films that push limits, then this is a must see film. Japan are wonderful filmmakers that tend to deliver some truly original horror films and the fact that they use the basics in order to create something truly intense, makes these films much better than most American mainstream horror films. The film is not for everyone, but if you love foreign horror, then give this one a shot, you're sure to enjoy it, and it definitely delivers effective gore content with scenes that are truly unnerving and horrifying. Audition is an accomplished picture, and one of the better Japanese horror films. The film boasts a strong lead character that is truly demented and unforgettable, and that's what makes this a superbly crafted horror picture. There are some flaws, and the plot at times could have been better, but for the most part, the gore and good direction overcomes its weaknesses to create a unique and terrifying horror tale that will stick with you long after you've seen it. I have a fondness for Japanese horror, and Audition is one of the finest examples of a must-see genre of horror films.
May 16, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

A deeply unsettling and skillfully made horror film from the mind of Takashi Miike about a recently widowed man (Ryo Ishibashi) who is encouraged by his son to begin dating again, and how he decides to audition girls with his friend who tell the candidates they are trying out for a part in a show, while in fact they are trying out for the part of being his future wife. When a young candidate is selected, it turns out she holds a more nightmarish secret that anyone could have predicted. While very slow in parts, especially the introduction, Miike's use of settings and silence gives his film plenty of atmosphere that is packed with sheer dread of what is to come. It is near unwatchable in its final half hour given its violence, but it is done to make crucial points about isolation and a tortuous past coming together to form a dangerous beast. Not for all tastes by any stretch, but it falls into the same category as a film like "Mysterious Skin". A movie you might not want to watch again, but one you can't deny is without merit or skill.
January 27, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

A TV executive decides to remarry 7 years after the death of his first wife and sets up a fake film audition to look for suitable candidates. This stunningly clever psychological horror leads your perceptions up the garden path and then cheerfully garrotes them with cheesewire; the first half of the film could easily be mistaken for a breezy mainstream romance, but once Aoyama begins to look into his potential fiancee's past the tone darkens into a horrific blend of reality, fantasy and nightmare. Miike takes a familiar formula, this time the scorned woman-turns stalker idea and turns it on it's head; not only does he fail to follow the usual expectations of the genre, he actually uses them against you. The use of colour, and particularly sound is stunning and the way he transforms the viewer from voyeur to participant by placing you in Asami's interview chair and later making you the victim of her gleefully child-like torture is deeply unsettling. Audition won't be to everyone's taste, but fans of stalker/serial killer movies or J-horror should not miss it.
May 9, 2012
xGary Xx

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