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Audition Collectors Bluray [Blu-ray]

Ryo Ishibashi , Eihi Shiina , Takashi Miike    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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If you want the full sledgehammer-to-the-stomach effect of Audition, stop reading this review now. Just watch it and take the consequences. At first glance, Takashi Miike's jack in the box of a movie works like a romantic comedy: amiable widower Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides it's time to find a new wife, and a friend suggests holding a fake audition to find the right girl. It soon becomes clear that there is something wrong with Aoyama's choice. This is no ordinary Fatal Attraction-style thriller, however; Audition slowly and carefully builds into a wrenching exploration of both deep male fears and the stereotype of the cute, submissive Japanese woman. Audition is by no means an easy movie to watch--even hardcore horror fans may have trouble--but it will stay with you for a long, long time. --Ali Davis

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audition July 4 2004
The other reviews will give you a description of what the film is about (though probably too much of one), so I won't dwell on the subject. It's a film that Should be seen and not described anyway. This Is one of my all time favorite films, so I am going to be incredibly biased. This film is excellent: Takashi Miike (the director) is perfectly in his element with this kind of film. The best way, I think, to describe this film is to say that Audition is to Japan, what Silence of the Lambs or Psycho is/was to America. The lead actress, Eihi Shiina, does a frighteningly great job in her film debut. Simply put, Audition is an awesome and exceptional film :).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Audition illustrates how our expectations and interests color what we perceive. There seems to be a lot of debate about whether it's horror or romance, but really it's both - and an excellent example of both genres at the same time. I don't believe there's really a sucker punch here either, as it's clear throughout that something doesn't add up about the woman, and the man is too blind to listen to reason. What happens, though, is your emotional investment in the characters in the first two thirds of the film makes you hope against hope that there can be a happy ending. We're used to the Hollywood kid-glove treatment. The gore, violence, etc. isn't as bad as most reviewers would lead you to believe; watch Jack torture suspects on the USA television show 24, or see some episodes of Oz, and you'll find scenes as bad as this. What makes the snakes slither in your gut and bite your spleen is the emotionally crushing element, which - in this era of anything-goes desensitization - is a testament to Miike's directorial prowess. There's also a wonderfully bizarro sequence where Miike finally pulls out all the stops and plunges you into the pain, skillfully show you the what and why without "explaning" things in the typical dumbed-down Hollywood way. Audition is a must-see film, especially if you're into cross-genre work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ta-ra-ta-ta May 10 2002
Yes, the sound of the movie's anti-heroine as she sticks needles into her man's eyes stays with me. Audition is a gross melange of styles (love story/personal angst/macabre horror) which builds into a cresendo of harrowing & dramatically brilliant cinema where Asami, the seemingly ingenue girl who auditions for & wins a widower's love, leads him into a spiral of psychological confusion, so much that you wonder if the final scenes happen. Asami's tortured past creeps up on her & the boudnaries of reality & paranoia devastate Asami & the audience (let alone her partner!) to alarming effect. Let's just say that this movie is a rollercoaster of moods culminating in some of the most unsheathed & suggestively horrific images ever put into cinema. A movie which Hollywood doyenne's would never even entertain creating, cheesewire & pins will never be looked at in the same respect again!! Never did I imagine that Japanese cinema would be so brilliant (watch also Ring & Ring 2 for testimony) nor so grittily realistic. As a lover of horror, this movies not only whet but satisfied my appetite. Okay, it starts off a bit slow as a love story, but that's the point. The gripping transformation in Asami makes her acts of brutality increasingly powerful & downright scary. May put you off looking for Mrs Right:-)))))
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “You Can Say He Went Into It With Both Feet..? Feb. 11 2014
“If you ever need your Foot to be lost in-translation”this is the movie for you,sometimes it’s not always
good to trust a woman who can be,well a woman,they always seem to want more space than the
universe,what a subtle (suttle) little movie this is, it creeps up on you like a ton of bricks,
“Auditions”are open to find the woman of his dreams, “Shigeharu Aoyama” (Ryo Ishiashi) (the Grudge) is looking for the
perfect woman,after the death of his first wife,it’s been Seven years now and his son wants him to get married
or go dating,so his film producer friend “Yasuhisa Yoshikawa”( Jun Kunimura),(Ichi the Killer)set up a fake Audition,
after seeing about Thirty women he picked the silent one,that was a big mistake,his producer friend did not like the
idea of him seeing her and warned him to stop,but you know when you’re smitten with love nothing matters,
This,{you can call it what you want} Horror/Torture,it’s the way I see it,will make your Skin crawl with pain,
There’s a saying on the back cover of this Disc cover,that say it all, “Mainstream films don’t come much more disturbing
than this,sometimes I wonder why film-makers make movies like this,then I remember {Jeffery Dahmer}and a-lot more,
Runtime 115 Minutes. this two disc one Blu-ray (movie).one D.V.D.special features has and extra 90 min.of footage,
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
“You Can Say He Went Into It With Both Feet..?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
By far one of the best horror movies to come out in a long time. Stylish, funny, romantic, terrifying and disturbing all wrapped up into one incredible movie.
The end of the movie is extremely brutal, but so well done....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Aug. 12 2013
By Bean
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wow, this is one of the best horror movies I have ever watched. Love the sub-titles.
A real roller coaster ride that's for sure.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A True "Femme Fatale" April 3 2004
This asian romantic comedy-gone-wrong has a couple of neat and compelling ideas yet as a whole ends up being a disappointment. "Audition" tries to play with some conventions regarding the oriental female stereotyped role (shy, loyal and submissive women), delivering a strong and unexpected twist by the end of the movie. While this concept is somewhat interesting, the plot moves at a terribly slow and tiresome pace, being nothing more than flat mumbo-jumbo for about 3/4 of the movie.
This effort is forgettable and not very enticing for the most part, presenting a japanese romantic comedy (not very funny though) about a middle-aged man that makes an audition in order to choose an actress for a movie. Simultaneously, he`s also trying to find a girfriend in the process (and he manages to get one). "Audition" develops this scenario and suddently delivers a strong twist that provides some shocking and disturbing scenes, giving a new perspective into the protagonist`s recent (and apparently innocent and fragile) girlfriend.
Director Takashi Miike tries to raise subjects like the effects of isolation, the possibilty of love and the old "looks can be decieving" idea, yet this cinematic experience is flawed overall and just fails to convince. Sure, "Audition"`s last 20 minutes are strong and memorable material, still that doesn`t make for the unengaging and bland previous events.
An interesting failure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars special rythm slow.... but mainly no subtitle (((((
i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied coze im a curious viewer for j-Horror style
Published 3 months ago by james 007
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really horror
Is how I would describe this film, I heard the hype and thought as an afficianado, I am always open to new horror if it's not to cheesy, this was a character study and a really... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2009 by muzo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Horror Masterpiece
Takashi Miike's Audition is a disturbing and at times confusing film. That being said, try to judge it for yourself while watching it, as the film takes you on an interesting and... Read more
Published on July 5 2007 by K. Driscoll
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
I must have missed a scene or something while watching it because I don't get what all the fuss is about. Read more
Published on May 23 2007 by yjuyut
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment from start to finish.
Miike's psychological thriller "Audition" (don't understand why it's classed as a horror film. Even the uncut version is not very horrific) was a disappointment from start to... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2007 by MAL
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Audition is a film that relies heavily on the last twenty minutes of its running time. In the first eighty minutes there is only one, but good, scare. Read more
Published on May 25 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.....still better than most Hollywood thrillers!
I went into the viewing of this film with great anticipation since I'd heard how terrifically chilling it is. Read more
Published on May 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It freezes your blood
It is probably the most awful, chilling, horrible movie ever made. You need nerves of steel to endure the tension and the horror. It is also a work of dark art like no other. Read more
Published on May 7 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Fatal attraction japanese style
Audition tells the tale of a widower who under advice from his son decides to interview woman supposidly for a movie role whilst really trying to find a woman for a relationship. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by J. Botha
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