The Drudgeon reviews Audition

Auditionaka Ôdishon (Original Title)
110 min., 1999
Written by Daisuke Tengan
Directed by Takashi Miike
Language: Japanese
My rating: ★★★★★

Proof that gore isn’t the best part of horror movies!

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Our story begins with Shigeharu Aoyama’s (Ryo Ishibashi) wife dying.  e is depressed and alone for years, except for his son Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki). As the time passes his son finally suggests that he starts to date. Shigeharu thinks it over and talks with one of his friends/co-workers, who in turn suggest they run a fake audition. Shigeharu doesn’t think it’s a good idea until he reads one of the girl’s files, and falls for her. Her name is Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina). They hit it off really well, and then she starts to act a little strange. Okay, maybe not a little.

The acting is top notch in the movie. Ryo is great as the father that is trying to get back into dating. He goes from extremely shy to excited in the drop of a hat, and it is very believable. Eihi can go from lovable and kind to over the top creepy with ease. She really breaks the barrier and stereotype of the demure Asian woman, with a subtle, and at the same time aggressive powerhouse of emotional and acting range. Truly an awesome sight to be seen with the unfolding of the movie all the way up to the last frame.

The effects that are in this movie are great. Most of them are subtle, but when they want you to see what’s going on, they don’t hold back in inch. Where a lot of American directors will back off or jump to a reaction shot of one of the actors, Miike doesn’t flinch when it comes to showing all the good stuff.

As a whole this movie is great. Truly one of the best to be found. The tension building and the gradual reveal to the ending is one of the best on film. Few can hold a candle to the intensity of the movie. The reason to watch this is not because of the gore and insanity (which is truly great), but with the way that the characters progress from one type into another with complete believability. Again, this is one of the best around, watch it as soon as you can.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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