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Trailer
Assistive Technologies

Audition

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

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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