Audition (1999) Revisited – Horror Movie Review

It’s time for a new episode of our video series Best Foreign Horror Movies, and this time we’re looking back at Audition (get it HERE), the most popular of the seven Takashi Miike-directed projects that were released in 1999. To find out what we had to say about this Japanese horror classic, check out the video embedded above!

Scripted by Daisuke Tengan and based on a novel by Ryû Murakami, Audition has the following synopsis:

Widow Aoyama decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend, Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami, they begin a relationship.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.

The film stars Ryo Ishibashi, Miyuki Matsuda, and Eihi Shiina.

The Best Foreign Horror Movies series is

dedicated to highlighting horror films from outside North America that carry lots of punch, bite, scares and/or stabs! Hop on and enjoy the horror ride around the world.

The Audition episode of the show was Written and Narrated by Andrew Hatfield, Edited by Gonzalo Lopez, Produced by John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

Are you a fan of Audition? Let us know your thoughts on this movie by leaving a comment below.

The previous episodes of Best Foreign Horror Movies covered Dario Argento’s Deep Red, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, Hideo Nakata’s Ringu, Dario Argento’s Sleepless, Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In, Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow, Alexandre Aja’s High Tension, Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch, Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone, Russel Mulcahy’s Razorback, and Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on: The Grudge. A couple of those episodes can be seen below. To see more, head over to the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel – and subscribe to the channel while you’re there!

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About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.