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Audition (1999)

One of the most notorious J-horror films ever made, Takashi Miike’s Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris.

Recent widower Shigharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, agreeing Shigeharu seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. Taking advantage of their position as a film company they stage an audition. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms.

But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn’t what she seems to be… Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!

DIRECTOR : Takashi Miike
CAST : Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki


  • Nominee - Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2002 - Best Limited-Release/Direct-to-Video Film
  • Nominee - Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2002 - Best Actress: Eihi Shiina
  • Nominee - Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2002 - Best Screenplay: Daisuke Tengan
  • Winner - Rotterdam International Film Festival 2000 - Out of Competition: Takashi Miike
  • Winner - Rotterdam International Film Festival 2000 - Takashi Miike

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