Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friday Live Action Film Screening (October 2, '09) at 9:00 pm

This Friday,

Film: Ôdishon (Audition)
Director: Takashi Miike
Language: Japanese
Runtime: 115 minutes
Category: Horror, Drama

Date: October 2, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: IDC Auditorium



Audition found its place at the number 11 spot in Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments for its infamous torture scene [courtesy:wikipedia]

Among filmmakers, notable horror directors including John Landis and Rob Zombie found the film very difficult to watch, given its grisly content! [courtesy: wikipedia]

When Madolyn (Vera Farmiga) moves into Colin's (Matt Damon) apartment in 'The Departed' (Scorcese) you can see the TV playing Audition!

When the film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2000 it had a record number of walkouts. At the Swiss premiere someone passed out and needed emergency room attention. [courtesy: imdb]

(more trivia at the end of the post)

Aoyama, a 42 year old owner of a video company and widower for 7 years decides to remarry at his son's advice. Clueless as to how he could go about finding a wife, his friend and colleague posits an idea for a fake audition that'll help him in a better assessment.

The rest is a nightmare!

Who is Takashi Miike?
(From 2000-2009 Miike made around 33 full length feature films!)


Director's interview

Geoff Gardner's article on Miike:




In favour:
Elvis Mitchell (New York Times):

Louis B. Parks (Houston Chronicle):

Other reads
David Edelstein (Slate): http://slate.msn.com/default.aspx?id=113966
Dennis Lim: http://www.villagevoice.com/2001-08-07/film/death-and-the-maidens/1


Tomatometer reading at rottentomatoes: 78%
imdb user rating 7.4/10
Metascore at metacritic: 69/100


More trivia (includes SPOILERS) [courtesy: imdb] :

1. The dog bowl of vomit fed to Asami's (Eihi Shiina) prisoner is in fact the actual vomit of actress Eihi. Takashi Miike claims that Eihi is a method actress and insisted on doing this.

2. Takashi Miike wanted to end the film at the onset of the torture scene that the film is now famous for. However, one of the producers told him to "be a man and see it through to the end."

3. The paralyzing drug Asami injects into Aoyama is fictional. Takashi Miike said they made it up because the film would have been difficult to finish without contriving such a drug.

4. In the original story that the movie is based on, both of Aoyama's feet were dismembered during the torture scene. However, in the script there was no dismemberment at all. In the final film Takashi Miike decided only one foot should be removed even though it wasn't in the script. He considered his choice to be "splitting the difference".

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