Audition

by Miike Takashi

Japan, 1999, 115', colour



A 42-year-old widower wants to remarry. Setting up an audition to pick out the right woman, he is strongly attracted to a mysterious, strikingly beautiful, 24-year-old girl.

Reviews

"One of the best horrors of the year (...) and the kinkiest, creepiest, most pungently sexual horror film in recent memory."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"A great, sick rush with a kicker on the level of THE VANISHING."
Elvis Mitchell, THE NY TIMES

"A mocking explication of Eros and Thanatos, the best-disguised psychotronic spatter flick in memory - Takashi Miike's AUDITION is first and foremost a lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie."
Dennis Lim, VILLAGE VOICE

"It turns into a hallucinatory nightmare of female revenge that will pin back the audience's eyelids."
Bob Graham, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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

"Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar into something sinister and eerie."
Patrick Z. McGavin, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"The most shocking frights since the punchline of CARRIE. (...) an outstanding, unforgettable picture."
Kim Newman, EMPIRE

"Somewhere beyond the extremes of FATAL ATTRACTION and IN THE COMPANY OF MEN festers this elegantly composed, violent psycho thriller."
TV GUIDE

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Miike Takashi

 

Born in Osaka, Japan on August 24, 1960. Graduating from Yokohama Academy of Broadcasting and Film (presently Japan Academy of Moving Images), he studied under directors Imamura Shohei and Onchi Hideo. He made his feature-film debut in 1995 with SHINJUKU KUROSHAKAI CHINA MAFIA WAR, and drew attention at foreign film festivals with his next, FUDO, made in 1996. Working in a wide span of genres from adolescent to Yakuza movies to fantasy stories, he is a director who maintains a unique originality as an artist. In 1998 at the Vancouver International Film Festival, a special feature of the director in which three of his titles were presented was held. Rotterdam Film festival followed with a special focus section on him where Audition was awarded the Fipresci Award. He is a highly praised filmmaker and his ability has also been proved overseas.

 

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

2011 HARA-KIRI : DEATH OF A SAMOURAÏ, Fiction, 126 min.
2010 13 ASSASSINS, Fiction, 141 min.
2010 ZEBRAMAN 2 : ATTACK ON ZEBRA CITY, Fiction, 106 min.
2009 CROWS ZERO 2, Fiction, 133 min.
2009 YATTÂMAN, Fiction, 119 min.
2008 GOD'S PUZZLE, Fiction, 134 min.
2007 CROWS ZERO, Fiction, 130 min.
2007 DETECTIVE STORY, Fiction, 99 min.
2007 SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, Fiction, 121 min.
2007 LIKE A DRAGON, Fiction, 110 min.
2006 SCARS OF THE SUN, Fiction, 117 min.
2006 WARU, Fiction, 84 min.
2006 BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A, Fiction, 85 min.
2005 THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, Fiction, 124 min.
2004 IZO, Fiction, 128 min.

2004 ZEBRAMAN, Fiction, 115 min.
2003 ONE MISSED CALL, Fiction, 112 min.
2003 GOZU, Fiction, 130 min.
2003 THE MAN IN WHITE, Fiction, 95 min.
2002 DEADLY OUTLAW : REKKA, Fiction, 96 min.
2002 JAPAN GOES BANKRUPT, Fiction, 105 min.
2002 GRAVEYARD OF HONOUR, Fiction, 131 min.
2002 DEAD OR ALIVE 3, FIction, 89 min.
2001 THE HAPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS, Fiction, 113 min.
2001 AGITATOR, Fiction, 150 min.
2001 ICHI THE KILLER, Fiction, 129 min.
2000 DEAD OR ALIVE 2, Fiction, 97 min.
2000 THE CITY OF LOST SOULS, Fiction, 103 min.
1999 AUDITION, Fiction, 115 min.
1998 BIRD PEOPLE IN CHINA, Fiction, 118 min.

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Cast

Ryo Ishibashi - Shigeharu
Eihi Shiina - Asami
Tetsu Kuremura - Shigehiko
Myuki Matsuda - Ryoko
Reinji Ishibashi - Old man
Jun Kunimura - Yasuhisa

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Miike Takashi
Script: Daisuke Tengan based on a story by Ryu Murakami
Director of Photography: Hideo Yamamoto
Editors: Yasushi Shimamura
Music: Koji Endo
Production Design: Tatsuo Ozeki
Executive Producer: Toyoyuki Yokohama
Producer: Akemi Suyama, Satoshi Hukushima

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Japanese
Format: 35mm (blown up from 16mm) / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 3155m   

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Rotterdam 2000, Competition


MAIN AWARDS

Rotterdam 2000, FIPRESCI Prize
Rotterdam 2000, KNF Award
Fantasporto 2001, Special Mention

Pressbook

Downloads: pictures
 


 

 

 

Year: 
1999
Duration: 
115'

Miike Takashi

 Born in Osaka, Japan on August 24, 1960. Graduating from Yokohama Academy of Broadcasting and Film (presently Japan Academy of Moving Images), he studied under directors Imamura Shohei and Onchi Hideo. He made his feature-film debut in 1995 with SHINJUKU KUROSHAKAI CHINA MAFIA WAR, and drew attention at foreign film festivals with his next, FUDO, made in 1996. Working in a wide span of genres from adolescent to Yakuza movies to fantasy stories, he is a director who maintains a unique originality as an artist. In 1998 at the Vancouver International Film Festival, a special feature of the director in which three of his titles were presented was held. Rotterdam Film festival followed with a special focus section on him where Audition was awarded the Fipresci Award. He is a highly praised filmmaker and his ability has also been proved overseas. 

Poster: 
Country: 
Japan Japan



A 42-year-old widower wants to remarry. Setting up an audition to pick out the right woman, he is strongly attracted to a mysterious, strikingly beautiful, 24-year-old girl.

Reviews: 

"One of the best horrors of the year (...) and the kinkiest, creepiest, most pungently sexual horror film in recent memory."Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN"A great, sick rush with a kicker on the level of THE VANISHING."Elvis Mitchell, THE NY TIMES"A mocking explication of Eros and Thanatos, the best-disguised psychotronic spatter flick in memory - Takashi Miike's AUDITION is first and foremost a lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie."Dennis Lim, VILLAGE VOICE"It turns into a hallucinatory nightmare of female revenge that will pin back the audience's eyelids."Bob Graham, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento."Michel Ciment, POSITIF"Miike is brilliant at transforming the mundane and familiar into something sinister and eerie."Patrick Z. McGavin, CHICAGO TRIBUNE"The most shocking frights since the punchline of CARRIE. (...) an outstanding, unforgettable picture."Kim Newman, EMPIRE"Somewhere beyond the extremes of FATAL ATTRACTION and IN THE COMPANY OF MEN festers this elegantly composed, violent psycho thriller."TV GUIDE

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



A 42-year-old widower wants to remarry. Setting up an audition to pick out the right woman, he is strongly attracted to a mysterious, strikingly beautiful, 24-year-old girl.

Cast details: 

Ryo Ishibashi - ShigeharuEihi Shiina - AsamiTetsu Kuremura - ShigehikoMyuki Matsuda - RyokoReinji Ishibashi - Old manJun Kunimura - Yasuhisa

Crew / Technical Info: 

CrewDirector: Miike TakashiScript: Daisuke Tengan based on a story by Ryu MurakamiDirector of Photography: Hideo YamamotoEditors: Yasushi ShimamuraMusic: Koji EndoProduction Design: Tatsuo OzekiExecutive Producer: Toyoyuki Yokohama Producer: Akemi Suyama, Satoshi Hukushima

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Japanese
Format: 35mm (blown up from 16mm) / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 3155m   

Pressbook: 

Downloads: pictures
 


 

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Rotterdam 2000, Competition


MAIN AWARDS

Rotterdam 2000, FIPRESCI Prize
Rotterdam 2000, KNF Award
Fantasporto 2001, Special Mention

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