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  • Summary: When a Japanese widower holds an audition to search for a potential mate, he finds more than he expected in this eerie thriller.
  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Romance
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 115 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    During the ghastly, surreal climax, I had fun closing one eye and with the other watching various ashen older men stumble toward the exit.
  2. The images here are graphic and disturbing. But Miike somehow manages to stop just short of disgusting.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    Creates an atmosphere of frenzy that is both powerful and unforgettable, providing neither solace nor comfort.
  4. This movie can be recommended only to dyed-in-the-wool fans of the genre. Anyone who goes into one of Miike's films must be prepared to be put through the wringer.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Campos
    One of the most shocking Japanese horror films ever. It needs to be seen to be believed, but those with queasy stomachs would do well to stay away.
  6. The first two-thirds of the movie are a kind of stumbling relationship drama, but the last third segues into a spooky feast of torture, mutilation and murder.
  7. 30
    After simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    I absolutely love this movie. It is a brilliant combination of romance and horror. Takashi Miike really made this movie pure genius. One thing I love about this movie is the fact it starts off slow and then pops up right at the end. Some people not like this movie because of this, however. The script is great and the characters fit the story so well it's not even funny. The flaws with this movie is that it is really long (over 2 hours in length). Also, the movie had some parts when you didn't know what was going on. Hence, this is a fabulous movie and if you love J-horror, this is one you should watch. It is much better than a lot of American horror films these days and will keep you entertained from start to finish. Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2010
    Great movie, as someone stated before, very ninjalike lol. There were times when the acting was sub par (the scene on the stairs leading to the bar, when he sees the tongue) but when Im watching horror, I expect some bad acting, its almost as big a part of the genre as blood and gore, for all I know they were doing it on purpose.
    Anyway, loved it, and I did not find it boring at all. My advice is this: when your watching a movie STOP WAITING for things to happen. Sit down, shut up, and let it take you where it wants to. If you actually pay attention to the first 2/3 of the movie, youll witness some great (and disturbing/sexist/narcissistic) character development, some comedic moments, and the joys of everyday life/business as usual/daily routine. This is what makes the ending hit that much harder. If the movie was not paced this way, it would not be memorable or as great.
    Another thing- the rehash. There were things he experienced that he never could have known about, that makes a lot of people gripe but again, stop expecting things to be handed to you and you'll get it. Maybe the girl was telling him this while he was tripping. A movie does not have to overexplain things to 'work' if you have an imagination ^^
    Also- I loved the ending because I have a thing against feet. ew.
  3. May 9, 2012
    What a crazy f*cking broad! It was actually not as disturbing as I thought it would be. For about five minutes towards the end I found myself sitting with my mouth wide open staring in awe at the screen. But that's really the only disturbing part of it. Whether you find it disturbing or not, you cannot deny that this is a masterpiece of horror. I will definitely come back to this movie from time to time. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2013
    One of my all-time favourite horrors. Audition plays with your emotions like all good horrors should and the mundane setting adds to the impact of the nightmarish ending. This is maybe not a movie for those looking for a supernatural horror such as Ringu, or for those looking for slasher fare - this is cold blooded, psychological horror at it's best in my opinion. Expand
  5. May 14, 2013
    The movie begins as a love story and if you think that this is not a horror movie, then you are wrong. At the end it happens.
    the unexpected.

    The Shocking.
  6. Jun 29, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wasn't sure about the horror element until the end when it turns into a snuff film. A hugely psychological film open to interpretation. I think the extreme scenarios were invented by the protagonist because of guilt felt for moving on from his first wife. But the movie finishes with the horror scenario played out in full. Certainly up there with the best of J-horror. Expand

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