Ôdishon   1999   Japan Audition
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Director:Takashi Miike
Studio:Lions Gate
Writer:Robert Farrar, Robert Farrar
IMDb Rating:7.3 (29,157 votes)
Awards:3 wins & 2 nominations
Genre:Drama, Horror
Duration:115 min
Takashi Miike  ...  (Director)
Robert Farrar, Robert Farrar  ...  (Writer)
Ryo Ishibashi  ...  Shigeharu Aoyama
Eihi Shiina  ...  Asami Yamazaki
Tetsu Sawaki  ...  Shigehiko Aoyama
Jun Kunimura  ...  Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Renji Ishibashi  ...  Old man in wheelchair
Miyuki Matsuda  ...  Ryoko Aoyama
Toshie Negishi  ...  Rie
Ren Osugi  ...  Shimada
Shigeru Saiki  ...  Toastmaster
Ken Mitsuishi  ...  Director
Yuriko Hirooka  ...  Michiyo Yanagida
Fumiyo Kohinata  ...  TV station presenter
Misato Nakamura  ...  Misuzu Takagi
Yuuto Arima  ...  Shigehiko as a child
Ayaka Izumi  ...  Asami as a child
Hideo Yamamoto  ...  Cinematographer
Ren Ohsugi  ...  Shimada
Yuriko Hiro'oka  ...  Michiyo Yanagida
Kôji Endô  ...  Composer
Comments: That ending is still painful. The first half isn't terribly good but it had to be there. The foreshadowing 2nd act, yo. The first shot of her bent smile when the phone rings: Priceless. Miike starts painting in the third act. That's the only way to describe it. Maybe he tries a few too many layers of frosting on the cake, trying to force us to give up, to give up trying to follow it. Words, and unnecessary scenes, create lies. Twin Peaks. It's all nonsense, plus a demure young woman enjoying unimaginable cruelty. It doesn't make sense. Pretty cool.

The infamous needle torture is more conceptually gruesome than it appears in practice at the end of this film, but the foot amputation by wire is kick-ass-sexy-hard-to-watch. I wish Miike would have shot it without those few quick flashbacks, however. They cut into the flow.

This is a pretty normal film about a man who lost his wife to illness and is being encouraged by his colleagues and his son to find another partner. That is, until it goes bonkers at the end ... a nice manipulation technique by the director. Eihi Shiina's range of performance from ideal femininity to psycho-killer is fabulous and accounts for a sizable chunk of the shock we experience at the end of the film. You'll watch the wire part because this woman is so beautiful and the pleasure she takes in her work so adorable.


Summary: Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. He notes her number from her file, calls her and takes her to dinner. He hesitates to call again, worried that he'll seem too eager. When he does, Asami knowingly lets the phone ring for some time before answering. She's alone in her darkened room - alone, that is, apart from the writhing victim she has tied up in a sack on the floor...

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