Audition (‘dishon) (1999)

Audition (‘dishon)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Daisuke Tengan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
American Cinemateque

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Critic Reviews for Audition (‘dishon)

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
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.

Full Review… | December 20, 2010

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."

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

(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.

Full Review… | December 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for Audition (‘dishon)


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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.

Alex roy

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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