The Plot (according to RT):
This disturbing Japanese thriller follows Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a widower who decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend (Jun Kunimura), Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami (Eihi Shiina), they begin a relationship. However, he begins to realize that Asami isn’t as reserved as she appears to be, leading to gradually increased tension and a harrowing climax.
This was quite a ride. I went into Audition basically blind. I had no idea what the story was, all I was told was that’s it’s a horror movie. You can imagine how intrigued and surprised I was watching this!
So, first things first. The story twists and turns a lot and will leave you wondering. We get moments that reminded me of David Lynch. Which basically means at times you will not be sure what exactly is gong on and even after the movie is over you’ll be left speculating on some aspects. Personally, I really enjoy films that make you think, that require some effort from the audience. I like movies that are smart and don’t just spell everything out in giant glowing neon letters. For me, the story worked. It’s a great film that keeps you on your toes but I can see why other people might feel frustrated after the credits have rolled. Consider yourself warned. 😉
I want to talk about some specific details after the *read more* so beware of spoilers from here on out!
This film features a whole lot of fucked up things, but to me the most fucked up wasn’t even one of the horror elements. These two guys hold an *audition* for a movie when in reality they are just casting a new wife for one of them. You know, I bet something like that happened somewhere IRL which just makes it even worse. Don’t misunderstand me, that part was well written and very well-executed, so no complaints film-wise. It’s just that pondering that specific aspects made me quite mad.
Turns out, that guy got more than he bargained for. The lovely young lady he decides on – basically whether she wants it or not – is a little unstable. She has issues, a long list of them. We learn a little about her backstory and for a bit I got revenges vibes à la Kill Bill. Honestly, we don’t have time to unpack everything that’s wrong here and with her. When she gets pissed she’s a force to be reckoned, which essentially means that the movies includes some torturing scenes that are certainly not for the faint of heart.
Overall the movie works extremely well on so many levels and I’d recommend it to all horror film fans. While some elements are more on the psycho-thriller side of things, Audition does include many rather graphic scenes!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!