Audition is a 1999 Japanese Horror movie, directed by the genius Takashi Miike.
Aoyama Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi) a widowed film producer and all-around nice guy is urged by his 17 year old son to start dating again. Aoyama’s best friend and business partner Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimuar) suggests holding a fake audition to entice young woman to audition for a part in a fake movie with the motive of finding Aoyama a suitable partner.
After viewing what seems to be an endless amount of woman, Aoyama is captivated when Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina) an ex ballerina enters the room to audition for said part…… and so the movie begins. Asami is so pure and sweet that you just know she is going to turn into the antichrist in approximately half an hour’s time.
So basically now your thinking this is a typical boy meets girl, boy falls in love with a girl, boy marries girl type of film….Incorrect!
The first half of this movie drags at a slow pace, but trust me when I tell you that the second half all but makes up for it!
A good friend recommended this movie to me knowing full well that I would watch it within the next 48 hours, and that I did! This movie didn’t do too well at the box office, but it’s one of those “word of mouth movies” which now has a huge underground cult following. This is how my friend explained the movie to me….”Loz, you have to watch this scary as fu*k Japanese movie, it will scare the living bejesus out of you, there’s this psycho Japanese girl with long straight black hair (again), there’s crazy killing piano wire (huh), there are fingers and tongues cut off whilst performing insane eyeball acupuncture (ummm), there’s a scary potato sack (err) and so on and so on…while I’m ranting, what the hell is going on with all these petite, long haired Japanese girls, enough already there REALLY creepy…..ok back to the movie, so what happens next is a real doozy!
So Aoyama’s mate has a bad feeling about Asami and tries to ring her references from her resume, but (da dummmmm) they can’t be tracked down. Meanwhile, Aoyama is way too into the ballerina to turn back now.
Cut to Asamis apartment, which is completely empty besides a telephone and what looks like a potato sack. For days after the audition, she simply sits by the telephone (completely still mind you) in the middle of the freakin floor waiting for the phone to ring. When the phone rings, the sack hurls across the room making some sort of gurgling sound, Asami just watches the telephone ring as if nothing happened (err ok).
Next scene, you find out that it’s Aoyama on the phone, they talk for a bit and both agree to go on a date which leads to another date, which leads to the pair spending the night together. Next morning Aoyama wakes up and Asami is gone (who would of thunk it). There are flashbacks to Asami’s troubled past, too much to go into detail here, but let’s just say, the chic has some issues!
After searching for what seems to be forever, Aoyama has no luck finding Asami and ends up back at his apartment, what he doesn’t know is that Asami is already in his apartment and has spiked his drink. Then things get strange, with hallucinatory dreams that incorporate flashback dates with Asami, strange visions of Asami’s apartment and other random stuff you dream when your drink has been spiked I suppose.
The final scene which runs about 15mins long is so horrific and traumatic that I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but it’s fair to say that the movie isn’t rated R for nothing. Believe it or not, this movie has a moral message to all who watch, don’t eff with people and to also throw away any old potato sacks you might have lying around!
Audition – watch it if you dare, just don’t be near a piano when you do!