Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Audition (Ôdishon)

Audition is a Japanese horror movie about a widower (Shigeharu Aoyama) who has decided, with a little help from his son, that it is time to move on and find himself a woman. Unsure how is going to achieve the task at hand, Shigeharu and a friend come up with the idea of holding auditions for a movie his friend may possibly make (he was a professional caster/movie producer or something like that). Anyway basically the audition was so Shigeharu could meet loads of women in a short space of time, choose one he liked, take her on a date, work the Aoyama charm, wham, bam you can figure out the rest.

He receives the résumés and starts sifting, and pretty quickly one young lady catches his eye, she is Yamazaki Asami, she meets all his requirements (professional training, quite fit, etc, etc) and Shigeharu seems to pretty sold on her, so much for meeting loads! Audition day comes, Shigeharu suffers hours for monkeys before showing some interest at the arrival of Asami, he questions her, goes home, calls her up and they go on a date. He has already fallen for her, she is pretty keen on him, they meet up a couple more times, chat a little then end up going away for a dirty weekend, filthy humbugs, they barely know each other.

Now to be fair what I have described above sounds a bit tame and compared to the next half of the film it is. The soft, slow love story/drama is over and you are now plunged in to a deep, dark, naughty twisted world with enough strangeness for at least 3 films. I don’t want to tell you what happens because it will ruin it for you but it is very good, very strange and quite difficult to understand so you’ll need your thinking hat on. There is lots of sickness and depravity, and like a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face, this film is not for the faint hearted. So if you think you can handle it I would highly recommend seeing it.

Asami Yamazaki "Words create lies. Pain can be trusted"


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