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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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R
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Art House & International , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Audition (Ôdishon)

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2001
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.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
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
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
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Audition (Ôdishon)

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
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Moral of the story: Don't date creepy people. Also, next to Cannibal Holocaust, this was the most grueling film I've watched in quite some time.

   
   

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