Ôdishon (1999, JAP) C-115m. *** D: Takashi Miike. Starring Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi. Cult hit from Japanese shock artist Miike about single father Ishibashi, who years after the death of his wife starts thinking about remarrying. His colleague at work (a film production company) suggests faking a movie casting for a female starring role. Ishibashi is instantly infatuated with one of the candidates, but knows little or nothing about her past. A mistake? First-half is a romance is the classic sense, the second half becomes a surreal, grossly violent nightmare. Watch this one! Based on a novel by Ryû Murakami. English title: AUDITION.

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