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Audition (1999)

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Coming Out at 28 January 2000 in theaters

“Ôdishon”

Drama, Horror, Mystery

Audition is horror film directed by Takashi Miike, based on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami. It is about a widower, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), whose son suggests that he should find a new wife. Aoyama agrees, and with a friend, stages a phony audition to meet a potential new partner in life. After interviewing several women, Aoyama becomes interested in Asami (Eihi Shiina), who responds well to him, although as they begin to date, her dark past begins to affect their relationship.

Audition was originally started by the Japanese company Omega Project, who wanted to make a horror film after the great financial success of their previous production Ring. To create the film, the company purchased the rights to Murakami’s book and hired screenwriter Daisuke Tengan and director Miike to film an adaptation. The cast and crew consisted primarily of people Miike had worked with on previous projects, with the exception of Shiina, who had worked as a model prior to beginning a career in film. The film was shot in about three weeks in Tokyo.

The film premiered, with a few other Japanese horror films, at the Vancouver International Film Festival, but it began to receive much more attention when it was shown at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2000, where it received the FIPRESCI Prize and the KNF Award. Following a theatrical release in Japan, the film continued to play at festivals and had theatrical releases in the United States and United Kingdom, followed by several home media releases. Audition was received positively by Western film critics on its release, with many noting the final torture sequence in the film and how it contrasts with the non-horrific scenes before. The film has appeared on several lists of the best horror films ever made, and has had an influence on other horror films and directors including Eli Roth and the Soska sisters.

Director: Takashi Miike

Writers: Ryû Murakami (novel), Daisuke Tengan

Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda, Toshie Negishi

Cast:

Ryo IshibashiShigeharu Aoyama
Eihi ShiinaAsami Yamazaki
Tetsu SawakiShigehiko Aoyama
Jun KunimuraYasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji IshibashiOld man in wheelchair
Miyuki MatsudaRyoko Aoyama
Toshie NegishiRie
Ren OsugiShimada
Shigeru SaikiToastmaster
Ken MitsuishiDirector
Yuriko HirookaMichiyo Yanagida
Fumiyo KohinataTV station presenter
Misato NakamuraMisuzu Takagi
Yuuto ArimaShigehiko as a child
Ayaka IzumiAsami as a child
Nattsu TanahashiHotel front desk
Kimiko TachibanaFM announcer
Tatsuo EndôDoctor
Koshio JindôjiNurse
Kanji TsudaBartender
PartyGangster
Takako Katô
Saori Tachibana
Sugimura YokoAuditioning Actress
Yayoi Ôtsu

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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