Audition (‘dishon)
Audition (‘dishon) (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Jim Sullivan
Boston Globe

This movie, at just under two hours, is a long crawl from inception to climax.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

This brazen shocker is never less than compelling -- even when you feel compelled to shut your eyes.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar ... into something sinister and eerie.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

There will be many people who consider Audition an atrocity, and a few who find it a stimulating cinema experience.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The shock imperative takes on a life of its own and floats away from the lengthy setup.

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Nick Rogers

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."

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xGary Xx
A TV executive decides to remarry 7 years after the death of his first wife and sets up a fake film audition to look for suitable candidates. This stunningly… More
Alex roy
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… More
Jon Johannesson
Audition is a particularly hard film to grasp. On one hand, it's a romance. On the other (as can be seen from the cover), it's a horror film. Oddly… More
Dan Schultz
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… More
paul oh
Its not that great UNTIL the last 20-30 minutes. THEN, it gets artsy and painful. This isn't as extreme as others claim it to be, its just a simple concept… More