Spike is big on Japanese suspense and/or horror films so we watched "Audition" this past weekend. To put it mildly...I did NOT like this movie.
Following is the description as was posted on www.imdb.com:
"Widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all..."
Now for the list of reasons for my dislike:
1) The acting is not good. At all. Period.
2) In several scenes you notice a cute little beagle (whose translated-to-English name is Gang) running around inside the main character's house. Even without watching the film do I really need to tell you what happens to said puppy?
3) The girl who is chosen is just creepy looking. Even Spike thought so. We thought she'd be this beautiful woman a man couldn't help falling in love with but...not so much.
4) I think the producers realized that nothing very scary or confusing had happened in the first 7/8 of the movie so they decided to make up for it in the last 15 minutes. I only had to cover my eyes during one part of the movie. Give me a break! It looked like she was sticking long pins in to the eyes of the main character. Ouch! Turns out I was wrong. She was only sticking them in to the flesh underneath his eyes. So much better. Or not. One part even had a "Misery" feel to it.
And the plot went completely haywire. We just couldn't keep up. I still am a tad confused about how the movie actually ended.
I'm sure there were a lot more reasons than that but isn't that enough? I do NOT recommend this movie to anyone. Okay, if I had to choose I would recommend it to confusing Japanese movie loving types. That's the best I can do. And just because I mention this in other posts...Nudity...yes, there is some. Cussing...there might be but it's not translated to English. I guarantee that if I were having my foot sawn off with a wire I would let loose a phrase or two. Violence...well, yeah. Please don't ask if children should be allowed to see this movie. Adults shouldn't be allowed to see this movie.