One of the most notorious J-horror films ever made, Takashi Miike’s Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris.
Recent widower Shigharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, agreeing Shigeharu seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. Taking advantage of their position as a film company they stage an audition. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn’t what she seems to be…
Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!
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Arrow ALWAYS puts out fantastic releases. They take extra time to make sure everything is done correctly. Their releases are far superior than any other major company out there. This release came with a Blu-Ray, a DVD, and a pretty thick booklet. I would have gladly paid MORE money for this release. This is how beautiful it was. The steelbook is gorgeous. The film itself is a slow-burner. Things start off pretty slow. And you're just sitting there, waiting for something interesting to happen. And then it hits you light a freight train. Believe me when I say that this film goes from a slow-burn to a very uncomfortable feeling. The transition is so smooth, you don't even have time to prepare for it. And let me just say... That torture scene with the needles was enough to make me cringe. And this is coming from someone that has tattoos and piercings. And that was even too much for me to handle. It's definitely worth every penny.
Audition is another great arrow video release. The transfer of the movie is amazing, the special features are all top notch, and the booklet is a great add-on that didn't need to be there, but I'm definitely glad that it is. The artwork on the front is fantastic, showing the tone of the movie before you even open it, and the inside art is awesome too. My only problem with this steelbook was the fact that the artwork on the book was a little disappointing, as it is a little too minimalist, but aside from that, one of my favourite steelbooks that I own!
This is one of Takashi Miike's best movies. The Arrow edition is excellent: the transfer is very good and the bunus materials are very interesting. Highly recommended.
Really worth it! Steelbook was simple, but very stylish. Both DVD and blu-ray look good, but of course there's huge difference between them. Must-to-buy-object to every cinefile :)
I have seen this movie in cinemas when it came out... It was rumoured to be a great japanese movie that is very unsettling... for the first two thirds of the movie I was kind of bored (I later found out that this was exactly the intention of the director) and then, as the last third kicked in, it became this Lynch/Cronenberg/Argento mind-bender... People started leaving the cinema and my cousin (who was there with me) questioned my sanity and the reason why I would ever drag him into a movie like that... That being said, this movie has a special place in my heart and I find it one of Takashi Miike's best movies to this date. this is a new master and the quality couldn't be better. Also the steelbook packaging is worth it. I think this edition with all the extras and quality is probably as good as it can get! Full 5 stars from me!
If you like movies that will make your jaw drop to the floor, then this is the one. Everything about this purchase is amazing. Awesome movie, Killer release and qiuck shipping. Couldnt be more satisfied.