A widowed TV producer is invited to sit in on a mock casting audition in which young women audition for the “part” of his new wife.Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by a striking ex-ballerina. Some grisly discoveries about his bride-to-be give him very, very cold feet.
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A missed opportunity at a masterpiece. Starts out as a more focused Ozu drama, then stumbles due to Miike having to imprint his bonkers editing into the final act, of which, would've been effective with just its violence alone. These freakout scenes make its initial promise of a refined, grounded-drama-that-goes-into-a-horror-flick go off the rails into midnight movie bullshit. As a fan of that, I seldom say that.
I think it's a bit too simplistic to say that he got what he deserved. It's similar to those horror movies where the women who are virgins tend to survive. Which is weak moralizing. The truth is that bad has a way of attracting bad.
I liked the build-up towards that squeamish final minutes. The dream sequences could have been better planned and placed within the film, because it felt like they were stalling the main action and not particularly bringing something new to the table. The film itself could easily have lost 15-20 minutes of its running time. But overall it's a stylish effort from Miike that resisted to just give away the body horror.
One’s unconscious mind can choke on leakages of paranoid poison as easily as it can circinate around allochronic telepathic nuances. In Miike’s Audition, as soon as these two courses are emphasized, they sever to antifactualize one another. Strong metaphorical contrasts arise and hijack the plot, flirting with the viewer’s speculative projections in the same manner as Schrodinger’s cat experiment. It kind of rules. ↓
A masterfully directed film that builds, violently, to its horrific conclusion. Not much needs to be said here - it's simply scary and compelling. A rather elegant entry in Miike's gigantic repertoire.
why do they only give us the good part in the last twenty minutes of a two hour film which was the only thing i knew from the film? instead i got 1h40m of boredom followed by 20m of okayness. so disapointing
It's not Miike's best at all as some claim, but its also a lot more sophisticated than any run of the mill torture porn. Its interesting how Miike suppresses his usual tendencies for so much of the film and is surprisingly human the film even from the perspective of the crazy bitch. The torture scene that film is known for is not even one of its most impressive qualities, its dreamlike atmosphere is. Must see.