Audition

AUDITION (ŌDISHON) (18)
D: Takashi Miike
Tartan (Akemi Suyama & Satoshi Fukushima) 
Japan 🇯🇵 1999 (released 2000)
115 mins
 
Thriller/Horror
 
W: Daisuke Tengan
DP: Hideo Yamamoto
Ed: Yasushi Shimamura
Mus: Koji Endo
 
Ryo Ishibashi (Shigeharu Aoyama), Eihi Shiina (Asami Yamasaki), Miyuki Matsuda (Ryoko Aoyama), Jun Kunimura (Yoshikawa)
 
Several years after losing his wife to cancer, a film producer/director uses a casting call to 'audition' a host of women so he can choose one for his next love interest.  He instantly falls in love with one of the women. A polite, shy, petite and beautiful young dancer who seems like the perfect catch.  However, when he begins to date her, this dream catch soon turns into a nightmare as it transpires that she is a damaged soul and is really after revenge for previously being used and abused by men.
The final act is truly one of the most horrifying, nightmarish scenes to ever be put on camera and is every man's worst possible nightmare.  
Anyone who's seen this film will truly fear the words "Kiri, Kiri, Kiri"
8/10

Eihi Shiina in Audition
Eihi Shiina in Audition
Did You Know:
When the film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2000, it had a record number of walkouts. At the Swiss premiere, someone passed out and needed emergency room attention.

Award Wins & Nominations:

 

MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:

Wins: 1 (Best Horror Film)

Nominations: 2 (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Foreign Language Film)

 

OSCARS:

Wins: none

Nominations: none

 

BAFTAS

Wins: none

Nominations: none

 

OTHER WINS:

Jeonju Film Festival (Audience Award)