Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Lamp Light 2016

- Wicked Witches 2019

- Is That You? 2018

- The Chill Factor 1993

- The Night Sitter 2018

- Clown College 2019

- Finding Purpose 2019

- They're Inside 2019

- Blindsided 2018

- Blood Paradise 2018

- Weird Science 1985

- In Memory of 2018

- Dacryphilia + Hematolagnia 2019

- The Space Between Words 2019

- Silent Panic 2018

- Double Impact 1991

- Captain Black 2017

- I, Portrait 2019

- Miss Freelance 2019

- Scrawl 2015

- I am a Rain Dog 2019

- The Dark Within 2019

- The New York Ripper 1982

- Beloved Beast 2019

- The Mummy Rebirth 2019

- Fried Barry 2017

- I am the White Tiger 2018

- Exorcism of the Dead 2017

- Method of Murder 2017

- Blind 2019

- Italian Turtles 2019

- The Killing Death 2008

- Dolls 2019

- Double Face 1969

- Terror in the Skies 2019

- Hexing 2017

- Five Minute Rush 2017

- Daisy Derkins vs. the Bloodthirsty Beast of Barren Pines 2019

- Kiss Kiss 2019

- The Chair to Everywhere 2019

- The Surreal Project 2019

- The Affliction Table 2018

- Hallowed Ground 2019

- The Big Clock 1948

- Trash Arts Killers: Volume Two 2019

- Rondo 2018

- Being Without 2018

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Odishon

Audition

Japan 1999
produced by
Satoshi Fukushima, Akemi Suyama, Toyoyuki Yokohama (executive) for Omega Project, Creators Company Connection, Basara Pictures
directed by Takashi Miike
starring Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda, Toshie Negishi, Ren Osugi, Shigeru Saiki, Ken Mitsuishi, Yuriko Hirooka, Fumiyo Kohinata, Misato Nakamura, Yuuto Arima, Ayaka Izumi, Nattsu Tanabashi, Kimiko Tachibana, Tatsuo Endo, Koshio Jindoji, Kanji Tsuda, Party, Takako Kato, Saori Tachibana, Sugimura Yoko, Yayoi Otsu
screenplay by Daisuke Tengan, based on the novel by Ryu Murakami, music by Koji Endo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Having been a widower for over a decade, even his son Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki) suggests to Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) to marry again. But being rather on the shy side it's not that easy for Aoyama to pick up girls, so his friend Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) suggests to him to hold a bogus audition for a movie to find the right girl for him ... and the plan really works, as Aoyama pretty much at first sight falls in love with sad but angelic, maybe even ethereal Asami (Eihi Shiina), and when he starts dating her it seems that she's sharing his feelings. Amidst his newfound happiness, Aoyama grows deaf for his friend Yoshikawa's warnings, who suspects something seriously wrong with Asami, as a bunch of people from her past have disappeared or met horrible deaths ... 

After Aoyama and Asami have sex for the first time though, she disappears without a trace. Aoyama is heart-broken, but decides he won't give up on Asami - but the clues he has to her life are few and far between, and when he finally tracks down the bar she has claimed to work at, he finds out it has been closed for over a year, due to its owner having been found murdered and dismembered. After some more clues lead to nothing but grotesqueries as well, Aoyama returns home, more depressed than ever, drinks his whiskey ... and passes out, since (as the audience knows) his drink was drugged. Waking up again after a drug-induced nightmare full of violence, desire and guilt, Aoyama finds Asami right next to him - which would be heaven, had not Asami paralized him with the express intention (and all the right tools) to torture him to death ...

 

Most of Takashi Miike's output from the late 90s/early 2000s is characterized by hyperkinetic action, over-the-top-violence and relying on comicbook-exaggerations, often paced at breakneck speed. Audition on the other hand is a whole different affair altogether, working on a deliberate slow pace - considering both editing and storytelling -, being almost devoid of action, dealing with a serious story in a serious and sensible way, relying heavily on a brooding atmosphere that's only gradually building up tension, and saving all the over-the-top-violence until the third act of the movie ... and as a matter of fact, Miike is doing great at that, making Audition to this very day his probably most disturbing and nightmare inducing film, and a piece of horror cinema that really gets under one's skin.

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Audition
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Audition here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Audition at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD