Horror Suspense Thriller Psychological Mystery Drama
Ryo Ishibashi Eihi Shiina
October 2, 1999 (Vancouver International Film Festival) March 3, 2000 (Japan)
Audition is a 1999 psychological horror film. It was directed by famous Japanese horror filmmaker Takashi Miike, written by Daisuke Tengan, musically composed by Koji Endo, cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto, edited by Yasumi Shimamura, produced by Satoshi Fukushima, Akemi Suyama, Omega Project, Creators Company Connection, Film Face, AFDF Korea and Bodysonic, and starred Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina.
Why It Rocks
An incredibly disturbing horror film for its time.
Asami Yamazaki (portrayed by Eihi Shiina) is one of the creepiest and most unsettling villains in horror movie history, right up there with the likes of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Annie Wilkes.
Very well-written, subtle drama.
Despite being a reprehensible monster, Asami Yamazaki is still sympathetic. She was a victim of child abuse. Throughout her younger years, she is taught that love and pain must be one and the same. It also didn't help that Shigeharu Aoyama (portrayed by Ryo Ishibashi) picked her as his wife through an "audition" format rather than actually falling in love with her.
Incredible orchestrated soundtrack.
Beautiful, inventive cinematography.
The film is unique in the sense that it really has no likable characters. Aoyama is dispicable for the way he treats women, and Asami is dispicable for the way she reacts to it. It provides an unusual moral dilemma in horror films where neither of the protagonists are good people, and the viewer is forced to choose which character to root for based on their emotions, provided that they're even able to.
Intense, dark, forboding atmosphere, which permiates the entire film.
Despite the characters being unlikable, they're also oddly relatable. Aoyama can easily relate to lonely men who are sick of being alone, and Asami can relate to women who are tired of being used and objectified.
This movie proves that you don't have to show tones of graphic gore to be truly terrifying.
Phenomenal acting, especially from Eihi Shiina and Ryo Ishibashi.