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If you want the full sledgehammer-to-the-stomach effect of Audition, stop reading this review now. Just watch it and take the consequences. At first glance, Takashi Miike's jack in the box of a movie works like a romantic comedy: amiable widower Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it's time to find a new wife, and a friend suggests holding a fake audition to find the right girl. It soon becomes clear that there is something wrong with Aoyama's choice. This is no ordinary Fatal Attraction-style thriller, however; Audition slowly and carefully builds into a wrenching exploration of both deep male fears and the stereotype of the cute, submissive Japanese woman. Audition is by no means an easy movie to watch--even hardcore horror fans may have trouble--but it will stay with you for a long, long time. --Ali Davis

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  • Color
  • Widescreen


Ryo IshibashiShigeharu Aoyama
Eihi ShiinaAsami Yamazaki
Tetsu SawakiShigehiko Aoyama
Jun KunimuraYasuhisa Yoshikawa

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This movie has left me speechless. Lately, I have gotten tired of the horror cliches...

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Producer: Ventura
  • Length: 115 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 4, 2002
    EuropeJun 4, 2002
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