Audition (‘dishon)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This movie, at just under two hours, is a long crawl from inception to climax."
‑ Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe
"This brazen shocker is never less than compelling -- even when you feel compelled to shut your eyes."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"I was offended, I was shocked, and I was stunned."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A lentid„o dos dois primeiros atos e o pseudo-surrealismo do terceiro, alťm de n„o combinarem, criam uma experiÍncia enfadonha, confusa e apelativa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar ... into something sinister and eerie."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"There will be many people who consider Audition an atrocity, and a few who find it a stimulating cinema experience."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Will get under your skin and stay there for many days."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A meditative, melancholic masterpiece that is not for the squeamish"
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The shock imperative takes on a life of its own and floats away from the lengthy setup."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"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.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"(The) disturbed and disturbing psycho-horror nightmare begins as a gentle romance based on a lie and then shoots into the Twilight Zone of obsession, sadism, and mutilation."
‑ Sean Axmaker, St@tic Multimedia
"This film is skillfully made, expertly directed, well acted, and pretty distasteful to me."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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