March 3rd, 2000


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A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.3/10 (29,500 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Takashi Miike

Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki

A lonely Japanese widower whose son is planning to move out of the house soon expresses his sadness to a friend and fellow film producer, who becomes inspired to hold an audition for a non-existent film so that the widower can select a new potential bride from the resulting audition pool. The widower ultimately becomes enamored with and fascinated by one particular young woman...but first impressions can often be horribly wrong....

Writers: Ryû Murakami, Daisuke Tengan

Ryo Ishibashi - Shigeharu Aoyama
Eihi Shiina - Asami Yamazaki
Tetsu Sawaki - Shigehiko Aoyama
Jun Kunimura - Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji Ishibashi - Old man in wheelchair
Miyuki Matsuda - Ryoko Aoyama
Toshie Negishi - Rie
Ren Ohsugi - Shimada
Shigeru Saiki - Toastmaster
Ken Mitsuishi - Director
Yuriko Hiro'oka - Michiyo Yanagida
Fumiyo Kohinata - TV station presenter
Misato Nakamura - Misuzu Takagi
Yuuto Arima - Shigehiko as a child
Ayaka Izumi - Asami as a child

Taglines: She always gets a part

Release Date: 3 March 2000

Gross: $213,139 (France) (25 June 2003)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (R-rated version)

Did You Know?

When the film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2000 it had a record number of walkouts. At the Swiss premiere someone passed out and needed emergency room attention.

Continuity: During their weekend getaway, Asami clearly removes all of her clothing then lies in bed and covers with a sheet. She then raises the sheet to expose the wounds on her thigh. The white panties can clearly be seen despite the fact that she just removed them.

Asami Yamazaki: This wire can cut flesh and bones easily.
Old man in wheelchair: You're wonderful.
Asami Yamazaki: I never felt unhappy... Because I have been unhappy all the time.

User Review

A disturbing masterpiece.

Rating: 10/10

Takashi Miike's "Audition" has to be one of the best Japanese horror movies I have ever seen.Ryo Ishibashi plays Shigeharu Aoyama,a lonely middle-aged man.After many years of being loyal to his deceased wife is the right time to begin dating again.His friend Yasuhisa decides to set up a fake casting audition in hopes that his friend can find new wife.Aoyama then goes through countless portfolio's looking for women to audition,but as soon as he sees the beautiful Asami's picture he knows that she is the one.Soon they begin dating.Everything seems perfect at first,but is Asami all that she seems?"Audition" isn't as violent and outrageous as "Fudoh" or "Ichi the Killer",but it certainly delivers some of the most harrowing scenes of violence ever captured on screen.The film is atmospheric and artistic,so if you're looking only for gore and violence avoid this one like the plague.However if you're a fan of Miike's works this masterpiece is not to be missed.10 out of 10.