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Audition Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ryo Ishabashi, Eini Shiina, Jun Kunimura

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AUDITION (Ôdishon) is a movie directed by Takashi Miike in 1999.

Shigeharu Aoyama lives alone with his son since the death of his wife seven years before. Yoshikawa, one of his producers, offers to be present at an audition for his next movie. As Yoshikawa is looking for a young woman to play the main character of the movie, Shigeharu could find a woman he could love.

Indeed, at this occasion, Shigeharu falls in love with Asami, a young woman living alone. She'll tell Shigeharu that she has been severely molested as a kid by her uncle and that she's vainly looked for a man who could protect her until now. Blinded by love, Shigeharu doesn't listen to Yoshikawa who's remarked that all the claims made by Asami during the audition are false.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



When Aoyama (Ishabashi) learns that male black sea bream, similar to one he just ate, “change sex at 15 centimeters,” the cultural tone of this 1999 Director's Cut (Takashi Miike) is set. Although Aoyama is a successful movie producer, his dreams are of remarrying after seven years of widowhood. But lacking the confidence to search for a “young, well-trained” girl, he arranges a “fake” (but fabulously edited) audition to interview dozens of young girls quickly. When beautiful Asami Yamakazi (Shiina) captivates him with her “thoughtfulness,” his friend Yasuhisa (Kunimura) and his son each sense “bad chemistry.” Still, Aoyama dines her nightly, admitting there never was a movie part, setting a shift to an atypical revenge movie. Through flashbacks of child abuse intercut with hallucinogenic dreams, we must reason what is real and what is not--especially the 12-minute, real-time torture scene near the end.
The review of this Movie prepared by Angry Jim Magin








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!)    -   spurned lover goes for revenge Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   molestation Lover is...    -   criminal/bad doer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   producer/director Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   bar    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   licking    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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