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A.k.a.
Audition
Year
1999
Runtime
115 min.
Director
Takashi Miike
Genres
Drama, Mystery, Horror
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
51,457
Checks
9,450
Favs
716
Dislikes
120
Favs/checks
7.6% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. iCheckFilms's avatar

    iCheckFilms

    What the hell was that!! [And, I haven't yet completed watching the movie]

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    ....

    Ok, I am done. Now, what the hell was that!?
    9 years ago
  2. IanWass's avatar

    IanWass

    Great first date movie! 3 years 6 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Takashi Miike's Audition is less a horror film than it is a romance thriller, and it surprised me by staying in the mode for a good hour. A man in the movie business uses the audition process to meet a marriable girl, they hit it off, etc., but he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Or does he? While the film can be appreciated as straight-up horror - the girl turns out to be a demented torturer - the second hour's sheer phantasmagoria makes the story ambiguous no matter how straight-forward the filmmakers seem to think the story is. Is it all in the protagonist's mind? There's a case to be made, and the "nightmare" could be attributed to his own feelings of shame (meeting someone under false pretenses, her being so much younger, what his wife would have thought) and fear (he doesn't really know who this girl is, and any new relationship has its anxieties). But while a lot of imagery IS expressionistic, there are also some irreconcilable "objective" moments. Due to the symbolic nature of the man's anxieties, I'm going to go with no solution at all, but rather proclaim that both realities are true, simultaneously, à la Mulholland Dr. A very interesting film, complex and surprising. Heck, to me, the horror scenes were actually the least interesting thing about the movie. 6 years ago
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