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Audition (Ôdishon) (1999)

Audition (Ôdishon) (1999)

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Critic Consensus: 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 disappearing. When he discovers a man trussed up in her living room with his tongue and feet lopped off, he concludes that she is perhaps not the woman of his dreams. Audition was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Audition (Ôdishon)

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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…

This brazen shocker is never less than compelling -- even when you feel compelled to shut your eyes.

November 1, 2001

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

October 19, 2001

The shock imperative takes on a life of its own and floats away from the lengthy setup.

October 18, 2001

Audience Reviews for Audition (Ôdishon)

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From the very beginning, before things slide greasily into OMG, there's a creepy ominous feeling. I thought it was cultural differences. "That guy takes a drink in every scene he's in, and none of them look like a drink because he's thirsty..." It's a creepy ominous work.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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The shifts in tone along the film are baffling, as it begins as a strange drama, then becomes a romance, and then it is finally revealed that all that was a weird prelude to an absurdly shocking, outrageous and confusing third act that doesn't really make much sense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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