Audition (Odishon)

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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, All Movie Guide


  • Ryo Ishibashi
  • Eihi Shiina
  • Tetsu Sawaki
  • Jun Kunimura
  • Renji Ishibashi
  • Miyuki Matsuda
  • Toshie Negishi
  • Ren Osugi
  • Shigeru Saiki
  • Ken Mitsuishi

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The faint of heart might want to leave early. If you elect to stay, remember: You were warned.

Metacritic review by V.A. Musetto
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The images here are graphic and disturbing. But Miike somehow manages to stop just short of disgusting.

Metacritic review by Chris Kaltenbach
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun