***Brand New 2K Restoration from AGFA | 20th Anniversary***
One of the most well-crafted, impactful and infamous J-horror films ever made returns to the big screen after far too long a break.
AUDITION was the turn-of-the-millenium flash point signaling the talent of Takashi Miike: a film artist twice as prolific as Fassbinder, a provocateur as multifaceted as Von Trier and a genre-bender as bent as David Lynch. Shocking arthouses worldwide with its white-knuckle finale and ingeniously Sirkian slow-burn leadup, AUDITION trailblazed a fresh Asian horror wave across American screens for which we're eternally grateful.
Recent widower Shigeharu is advised by his son to find a new wife. On the advice of a film company colleague, they stage "auditions" for a new girlfriend that masquerade as an acting job. Shigeharu becomes enchanted with Asami: a spooky twentysomething responsive to his charms. But this is no ordinary FATAL ATTRACTION-style thriller, for it carefully pulls the audience through a wrenching exploration of deep male fears and the stereotype of submissive Japanese women.
In Japanese with English subtitles
“A lethally poised Venus flytrap of a movie...the best-disguised psychotronic splatter flick in recent memory.” -- Village Voice