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

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This disturbing Japanese thriller follows Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend (Jun Kunimura), Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami (Eihi Shiina), they begin a relationship. However, he begins to realize that Asami isn't as reserved as she appears to be, leading to gradually increased tension and a harrowing climax.

Cast & Crew

Ryo Ishibashi
Shigeharu Aoyama
Eihi Shiina
Asami Yamazaki
Tetsu Sawaki
Shigehiko Aoyama
Jun Kunimura
Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji Ishibashi
Old man in wheelchair
Miyuki Matsuda
Ryoko Aoyama
Toshie Neghisi
Rie
Sigeru Saiki
Toastmaster
Ryu Murakami
Writer (Novel)
Junichi Endô
Line Producer
Toyohama Yokohama
Executive Producer
Kôji Endo
Original Music
Hideo Yamamoto
Cinematographer
Tatsuo Ozeki
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Critic Reviews for Audition

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (14)

  • The film is a brutal examination of social isolation and malaise, and the gulf that often exists between men and women.

    July 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A stomach-turning masterpiece.

    December 10, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This movie, at just under two hours, is a long crawl from inception to climax.

    November 30, 2001 | Rating: 2/4
  • Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar ... into something sinister and eerie.

    November 29, 2001 | Full Review…
  • A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento.

    November 16, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It gnaws on your mind like a famished larva, and you can fully expect to have a rough time of it later, when you close your eyes and try to sleep.

    November 11, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Audition

  • Apr 06, 2015
    Audition is really good in the fact that it features strong performances that are effective against one another like a strong ensemble and it also coins an original and intuitively disturbing story of vaguely feminist revenge/torture pornography. Audition isn't dissimilar to films such as Hostel or Martyrs in that they're enjoyable yet ultimately disgusting. Not one to watch with your parents either.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2013
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  • Oct 18, 2013
    Audition is a disturbing tale of a man's quest to find the perfect wife. Shigeharu is a widower who staged an audition for an actress to star in a film, but the real purpose was to find a potential wife. Asami stood out from the rest, though she had a troubled past, Shigeharu did not care. He began to discover that people in Asami's life all disappeared, the deeper he investigated, the closer he comes to learn who Asami really is. Audtition has a twisted nature in itself, it's part romance, part horror and part comedy, though it included surrealism that was somewhat confusing. The lack of score made the film extra eerie, the last 20 minutes of the film will leave you speechless. Audition is definitely not a film for everyone, proceed with caution.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2013
    Really just an average film riddled with choppy directing and editing; a far cry from a homogenous and cogent film. Its upsides are the reason you've even heard of this film.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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