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1hr 55mins
Directed by
Takashi Miike
Ryo Ishibashi,
Eihi Shiina,
Tetsu Sawaki
Film Language
in Japanese with English subtitles

Recent widower (and movie producer) Shigeharu is looking for a new wife. But instead of going the usual route, he decides to hold “auditions” for a movie that doesn’t exist. 

Shigeharu quickly becomes enchanted with Asami, a spooky twenty-something who is responsive to his charms. But things aren’t what they seem. Audition was the turn-of-the-millenium flash point that signaled the talent of Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer). With this movie, Miike delivers a nerve-shredding exploration of male fears and the stereotype of submissive Japanese women. Shocking audiences worldwide with its white-knuckle finale and ingenious slow-burn build-up, Audition was responsible for creating a fresh new wave of Asian horror. And we’re eternally grateful.

Courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

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