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20 years ago, the world was in the grip of pre-millennial tension and Y2K fever. Popular filmmakers responded with a dizzying assortment of eccentric and visionary movies that pushed the formal, thematic and narrative boundaries of the medium. Throughout the year, we look back at some of the most audacious films from the Class of '99. Tonight, Takashi Miike's subversive shocker Audition.
Lonely widower Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) decides to start dating again. His friend Yoshikawa, a sleazy film producer (Jun Kunimura) suggests holding a fake movie audition to find him a match. Aoyama finds himself drawn to Asami (Eihi Shiina), a beautiful, but shy young woman, who conceals a dark secret. Takashi Miike's international breakthrough is a subversive mix of Japanese melodrama and grindhouse horror. Miike masterfully orchestrates a series of tonal shifts, as the film evolves from an elliptical dream into a waking nightmare. Twenty years after it stunned arthouse audiences, Audition remains a potent shocker, with some unsettling insights into gender and power. Watch the trailer.
Directed by Takashi Miike, 1999, Japan, 115 minutes. In Japanese w/ English subtitles.
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